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Charles Neal

Charles Neal began his musical journey at the age of 6 when he started taking lesson on piano. By the age of 9 his musical interest had encompassed the drums as well. Through the next few years Charles would play both instruments in school and church. He would play drums in the junior high jazz band (also piano as well) and concert bands.

In high school Charles developed his skills on classical percussion and mallet instruments. Furthermore, he explored jazz while playing in jazz band at the high school where he learned to be very proficient at the vibraphone. In the summers Charles attended the Lionel Hampton School of Music Summer programs at the University of Idaho. It was here his jazz drum chops were worked and sculpted. He was fortunate to play in (by audition only) the All Northwest jazz band and be featured as a soloist in the group on vibraphone. Also, he played in the All State Concert Bands for two years.

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