The Main Players

Brian Charles

Brian is a conservatory trained multi-instrumentalist, composer, and serial entrepreneur. As a performer, his resume includes a vast number of solo, orchestral, and band performances in the United States and abroad. He is noted for his work on TV commercials, video game soundtracks, live performances, recordings, as a member of experimental bands, and in Shamanic healing ceremonies.

Brian was a scholarship student of Harold Gomberg (1st oboe, NY Phil) at The Juilliard School of Music, has undergraduate training at the Manhattan School of Music, and has studied classical oboe with Ronald Roseman, Henry Schumann, Jerry Roth, and Merrill Greenberg. He studied experimental and classical composition with Dary John Mizelle and traditional didjeridu with David Hudson. Brian studied musical instrument repair techniques with Pedro Rivera and Saul Fromkin in New York City.

Among his honors, Brian was a recipient of a Yamaha Foundation grant for composition on the midi-grand piano, has been a Buffet Performance Artist, a Yamaha Performance Artist, and was the recipient of the 2015 NH Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award. Brian was a founding member of The Metropolitan Wind Trio, The World Casio Quartet, The Flatland Oscillators with David First, and The Experimental Chorus and Orchestra with David Rosenbloom. He has performed with Leroy Jenkins, The NoteKillers, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Brooklyn Doctor’s Orchestra, The New Jersey Philharmonic, The Amato Opera, and The Long Island Youth Orchestra, among many others.

In 1983, Brian founded the Charles Double Reed Company, a major double reed specialty company. In 2001, he founded The North Conway Music Center, a full-service regional music store. He has served as an elected member of local political organizations. Brian’s spouse of 30 years, Sarah Charles, is a trained massage therapist and graphic designer. His son, Theo, is an economist at IBM.

You can reach Brian directly at either or (603) 356-9890

Jennifer L. oversees all facets of Charles Double Reed Company, leveraging her extensive two-decade tenure with the company. Jennifer has evolved into a pivotal figure, managing crucial responsibilities such as accounting, human resources, product management, and numerous other duties. Her adept multitasking and organizational skills transform chaos into harmony, making her an indispensable force within the company.

Jennifer can be reached at or (603) 356-9890