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Harold Scott Reiter



Memorial Contributions

The Grand Rapids Symphony Society

(designate “symphony society” in Comments)

 The Community Music School

Detroit Spartan Youth Jazz

 Spectrum Health Foundation

(select “SH at Home Hospice.”)

H. Scott Reiter, 81, jazz musician, teacher, loving husband, proud father, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, and great-great-uncle, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Nov. 18. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia; daughters, Alison Johnson (Kevin), Megan Crawford (James); and grandchildren, Julia, Orion, Naomi, Kenji, and Seiji Crawford, and Alexi and Henry Johnson. Born in Toledo, OH, Scott was a long-time resident of Dearborn, MI who recently moved to Ada, Michigan, to live with extended family. He served in both the Army National Guard and the Air Force National Guard Band. He was a career music teacher and band director in the Detroit Public Schools and Mason Consolidated Schools in Erie, MI. Well-known and respected in the Detroit jazz community as a saxophonist, he supported jazz musicians of all ages. A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, he also earned a master’s degree in Music Composition and worked on a DMA in Composition at University of Michigan. A 2022 Celebration of Life is being planned. Donations in his name can be made to: The Grand Rapids Symphony Society @ (designate “symphony society” in Comments); The Community Music School Detroit Spartan Youth Jazz @; or to his hospice program, Spectrum Health Foundation @ (select “SH at Home Hospice.”)

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2 Responses

  1. I was so surprised as well as so sorry to see Scott’s name in the Free Press Obits. Scott was an excellent musician and teacher, as is Patricia his wife. I was fortunate to have played with Scott’s big band for a time. Scott was always friendly, encouraging and just seemed to live for playing music. You will be missed my friend. God Bless.

  2. Tom and I are so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. He certainly touched a lot of lives with his music.
    May your memories be a source of comfort and joy.

    ~Tom and Karen

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