Welcome to Reskinmusic, the website of Charles (Chas) Reskin, professional composer and trumpeter. Let me introduce myself by outlining just a few essential facts about what I’ve been up to over the past half century…
* I was born into a musical family. My mother, violinist Joan Field, had a distinguished concert and recording career at the dawn of the age of the female violin soloist. My stepfather, Alan Reskin, played section violin in the Boca Pops Orchestra and founded Allegro Music House, one of Miami’s best-known music stores. My brother, David, graduated from the New England Conservatory on flute. I owe my love for music to all of them.
* I started my musical journey as a percussionist and shortly took up the trumpet.
* I spent five summers at the Brevard (NC) Music Center, at which time I also started to compose music. The high point was in 1962, when our orchestra was invited to play at the White House for President John F. Kennedy. What a thrill!
* In 1964 I entered the Juilliard School of Music, majoring in tympani my first year, then re-auditioning and continuing as a trumpet major with William Vacchiano. I studied composition with Hall Overton. During this time I also played with show bands in the Catskill resorts, learning the commercial and jazz styles. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1968.
*In 1969 I was fortunate to have been in St. Louis, where I took a summer course on writing film music with the late, great Oliver Nelson. He also organized a big band where we had the chance to play with guest artists such as Phil Woods and Roland Hanna.
*In late 1969 I was accepted as a member of the 26th Army Band in New York, then served overseas as solo cornet with the UN Command Band in Seoul, S. Korea.
* I lived in Denver, CO during most of the 70s, playing with a funky horn band called Jamedica and doing freelance work. During this time I also played with the Brico Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its renowned conductor, Antonia Brico.
* I was principal Trumpet with the Naples (FL) Philharmonic for four seasons in the late 80s.
* In 1994 I toured with the Broadway hit musical “Les Misèrables” for 14 weeks, followed by a 5-week tour of Asia and Australia with KC and the Sunshine Band.
* Over the past three decades I have been a freelance trumpeter here in South Florida, playing with such diverse groups as the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, the Florida Sunshine Pops, the Jerry Fisher Big Band, and numerous others. During this period I have also done a great deal of teaching, both privately and as part of the adjunct faculty of Miami Dade College.
* From 1998 to 2001 I worked for the now-extinct music store chain, Mars Music, first as the E-education copywriter at the Mars headquarters in Ft. Lauderdale, then as Learning Center Director at the Mars store in West Palm Beach.
* In 2007, I was fortunate to have one of my compositions, Trumpet Outings, accepted for publication by Editions BIM, a high-quality music publisher in Switzerland. This was soon followed by the publication of my Sonata for Trumpet and Piano. The Trumpet Outings has expanded to a series of five volumes so far, with more on the way.
* I also write comedy material and song parodies for renowned sports interviewer and performer Roy Firestone and others. You can check out some of my scribblings on my Comedy and Poetry page.
* My two amazing grown kids live in Miami. My son, Daniel, is an up-and-coming stand-up comic. My daughter, Lauren, is the owner and manager of Sweat Records, a popular alternative/indy record store and coffee bar in Miami. My girlfriend, Georgina, is a librarian and a supervisor at the Broward Main Library.