After Chuck put in his time at Marshall University majoring in trombone and minoring in piano, he continued his music studies privately with some of the finest teachers in the world in Philadelphia and in Las Vegas. Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt (trombone), Don Hannah (arranging), Art Sayres (trombone) and Debra Bonner (voice).
Chuck has been singing all his life; he began piano lessons at the age of eight, and trombone at the age of nine. He played six nights a week, playing trombone and singing in his eight-piece band, touring the Midwest and Southeast U.S. — a total of twelve states. The band covered music by Tower of Power, Earth, Wind and Fire, Boz Scaggs, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, and most seventies band music which had horns. After touring, he moved to Las Vegas and lived and performed there for eighteen years, played lead trombone in big bands, and performed singing in shows and in the lounges with his wife, a dancer and singer. This was followed with 19 years in Florida: writing, arranging, performing, and teaching.
Jingles were produced in both Las Vegas and in Florida, which credits were used for writer membership in ASCAP.
Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Manhattan Transfer, Chick Corea, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Gino Vannelli, Arturo Sandoval, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Carl Fontana, Bill Watrous, Armin Van Buuren, Jeff Schneider, Linda Eder, Marc Shaiman, David Foster, Billy Tragesser, Ennio Bolognini, Adam Levine, Adelle, Amy Winehouse, Barbra Streisand, Broadway music, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Herbie Hancock, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Christina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga are a few sources of inspiration and influence.
Now, living in Europe, Chuck has written over 2,500 musical works in 34 genres. In his spare time, an original musical with original compositions is coalescing. He writes almost every day, except when exploring Europe.
Eleanor Rigby, Jazz Piano Version
Hint Penta, Instrumental
Autumn Sun, Instrumental