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Charles Schmidt, Trombone

Charles (Chuck) Schmidt received his Master of Arts in Performance from George Mason University in 1993 where he studied trombone from Dr. Paul Schultz (U.S. Army Blues, ret.) and played under the batons of Professor Anthony Maiello and Col. Arnald Gabriel. He received a Bachelor of Music Education and Performer’s Certificate from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam, New York, in 1988 where he studied trombone with Richard Cryder and Dr. Mark Hartman. Other inspirational trombone teachers were Don Miller (Buffalo Philharmonic) and Glen Dodson (Philadelphia Orchestra).

Since 1993 he has been the Director of Bands at The Langley School in McLean, VA. At Langley, Chuck teaches 4th - 8th grade band, middle school general music, theater tech, and leads a student pit ensemble for drama productions. He has also led band programs in the public schools of Fairfax County, VA and in Millbrook, NY.

He has played tenor and bass trombone with the Loudoun Symphonic Winds, the pit orchestra for Sterling Playmakers, the Academic Brass (GWU), and the James Bazen Big Band. He is on the instructional staff for the Potomac Falls High School Marching Panthers. His very musical family includes his wife, Deborah (violinist, pianist, and music teacher for Loudoun County schools), and children Kieran, Myles (euphoniumist) and Ciara (oboist).