Peter was a professional trumpet player all his working life. After study at the Royal College of Music in London he joined the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where he spent the next eleven years. On leaving the ROH, he played with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the English Opera Group and the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, whose repertoire included a number of his arrangements. He was always deeply interested in teaching and was a visiting tutor at University of London Goldsmith's College and later a professor at the RCM. In 1980 he returned to the ROH where he stayed until his retirement from professional playing in 1996. He lived in Berwick-upon-Tweed where he continued to arrange music for brass and was Brass Coach to the Scottish Borders Community Orchestra and ran the Borders Brass Ensemble.
Peter Reeve died in September 2006.