Rufus Reid, one of today's premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition. "Mass Transit," Rufus' three movement symphony orchestra composition, was premiered in 2011. Also premiered that year was the orchestral arrangement of Reid's "Caress The Thought" with soloist, Joe Guastafeste, retired principle bassist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.