Tom Reid

Billy D

Back in the 1970s and 1980s, Tom Reid played bass with various Boston rock bands in legendary clubs like the Rat, the Channel and the Paradise. He also played for years in Preservation, who proudly claimed the title of “New England’s best (and only!) Kinks tribute band.” Since the 1990s, Tom has taught Media Literacy at Swampscott High School, where he plays with the very part-time but very enthusiastic Swampscott High School Faculty Student Rock Band.

Tom names John Entwistle of the Who as his favorite bassist, yet his goal with Billy D. and the Rock-Its is to sound more like the smooth, melodic bass players of the doo-wop era. Tom has great fondness for doo wop, which he first encountered when he was only six or seven and doo wop was even younger. He remembers it as “the magical music on the school bus radio that the impossibly cool high school kids would sing along with.” Tom lives in Melrose with his wife, whom he would also describe as impossibly cool.