trumpeter from Du Quoin,
Illinois, who studied under
the tutelage of Charles Archibald at ten years of age and performed in
cornet solo contests at eleven and twelve. His renditions of Frank H. Losey’s “Addah
Polka” and “Zaraida Polka” both
received ones. At twelve years
of age, he performed Herman Bellstedt’s
arrangement of the “Carnival of Venice” for about 15,000 folks
at the Du Quoin State Fair.
This was followed by another solo contest, at which he interpreted
Alexander Goedicke’s “Concert Etude”.
non-musical contest—a coloring contest, no less—led to some free
music lessons from Don Lemasters. He continued his studies at Du Quoin
Township High School with the band director, Mel Siener,
and then Edward Brauer, in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1957, he
auditioned for Juilliard and was accepted. Here he honed his playing skills
under the watchful eye of William Vacchiano, who
occupied the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Trumpet Chair.
In 1962, he
graduated, and went on to become the Associate Principal Trumpet of The
Cleveland Orchestra. Other
groups with whom he performed include BRASSIL, the Hiroshima Symphony
Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra of J.U. Da Silva, the
Kansas City Philharmonic, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kyushu Symphony, the
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Sakuyo Wind Orchestra, and the Tokyo City Philharmonic. In 1981, he became the Principal
Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and he stayed with them for a
quarter of a century.
In the field
of music education, he created a series of master classes in Belem, Campinas, Joao Pessoa, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador,
Sao Luis, Sao Paulo,
and Vitoria, Brazil.
He appeared on
a handful of CDs in the 1990s, such as Bravura
Trumpet, Classics Remembered,
Greatest Hits: Trumpet, and Red, White & Brass, and the
soundtrack of Michael Collins.
He started The
Charles Schlueter Foundation, a non-profit
dedicated to helping brass musicians improve in the areas of communication,
education, and performance, in 2001.
recordings followed in the new millennium, including the soundtrack of Mystic River,
Trumpet Concertos, Trumpet Works, and Virtuoso Trumpet.
In 2006, he
retired from the BSO and the Boston Musicians Association named him their
Musician of the Year.
He has since
appeared on a pair of CDs, Let the
Trumpet Sound and A Song from the
Heart, which is something of a musical autobiography: All of the songs have a personal
meaning for him, as suggested by the title track by Eric Ewazen, which was written for Dennis Caron, co-founder
of The Charles Schlueter Foundation, upon his
retirement. Two other tracks, “Marsha’s
Gift” and “Symphonic Memories”, were penned for Marsha
Caron, another co-founder, and Charles, upon their retirements, respectively. Much of the rest of the album
contains new recordings of material he performed in his youth, such as “Flight
of the Bumble Bee”, “Sounds from the Hudson”, “To
the West Caprice”, and “Trumpeter’s Lullaby”.
The Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra recordings
in Double Echo (Giovanni
Arranger – Arthur Frackenpohl