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Charles Baker

Montclair Citadel Bandmaster

Charles Baker is the son of Salvation Army officer–par- ents and a fifth–generation Salvationist. He has served as the bandmaster of the acclaimed Montclair Citadel Band for more than 35 years. In those years, the band has developed into one of the foremost Salvation Army bands, while maintaining its focus on ministry to God.

Since 1975, Charles has been the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s principal trombonist. In addition to distinguishing himself as a conductor within brass band circles, he has been a guest conductor with the New Jersey Symphony, New Jersey Pops Orchestra, Nassau Symphony, and the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He attended the Eastman School of Music and studied trombone with Emory Remington. He has three musical sons: Matthew (percussion), Andrew (tuba) and Mark (trombone), a current member of the band. Each of them learned to play at Montclair Citadel. His wife Michelle is a French hornist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

 

Band Roster

SOPRANO CORNET

Ronald Waiksnoris

Bb CORNETS

Michael Baker, Principal

Brian Smith

James McCombs

John South

Heather Hulteen

Zachary Hodgson

Charlene Scheibner

Steve Hansen

FLUGEL HORN

Fiona VanderWeele

Eb HORNS

Fred Pearson

Matt Hodgson

Carolee Waiksnoris

Jody Banks–Smith

Major Bernard Meitrott

BARITONES

Roger Rischawy

Chip Kelly

Dennis VanderWeele

TENOR TROMBONES

Lindsay Evans

Mark Baker

Charles Rowe

BASS TROMBONE

Eric Bennett

EUPHONIUMS

Emilee Bennett

Ryan McCrudden

Eb TUBAS

David VanderWeele

Kenneth King

Major John Hodgson

Bb TUBAS

Richard Baker

Ian Anderson

PERCUSSION

Thomas Scheibner

Jerome Green

Monique Alby

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