A native of Northeast Georgia, Charles taught and performed for nine years in Dallas and Kansas City before returning home to teach at Shorter University and Berry College. Adept at orchestral, popular, and chamber music, Charles has performed in concert halls in Germany and China as well as at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. He recently premiered a piece for unaccompanied trumpet on the New Works Recital at the International Trumpet Conference in Anaheim, California, and played at the New Theatre in Kansas City where he worked with Broadway stars such as Shirley Jones.
A passionate teacher, Charles maintained a private studio of over fifty students and taught trumpet for some of the premier high school band programs in Texas. His students have been accepted to district and all-state bands in Texas, Missouri, Kansas, and Georgia, and have gone on to continue their studies at colleges such as Florida State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Baylor University, and the Conservatory of Dance and Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC).
Charles has degrees from the University of Louisville, Southern Methodist University, and UMKC and has studied under master teachers and performers such as Michael Tunnell, Tom Booth, Ryan Anthony, Keith Benjamin, and Charles Aiken