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.
Michael Baker, Principal
Major Bernard Meitrott
Major John Hodgson