Charles Mekealian is a freelance music composer and a musician in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Mekealian was raised in Sanger, California and marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps inspiring his career in music composition. Mr. Mekealian studied music at Fresno City College and graduated from the Basic Musicians Course at the Naval School of Music in 2010.
Mr. Mekealian began arranging music for marching, concert and show band after graduating high school in 2005. In 2007 he composed a performance chorale for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets that was performed at Drum Corps International Championships. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Mekealian arranged and composed several field shows for the Sanger High School Apache Marching Band from Sanger, California. He has also composed and arranged multiple works for the Marine Corps Bands in which he served. His most notable piece is an arrangement of “Mi Chiamano, Mimi”, by Giacomo Puccini, for the Marine Corps Band New Orleans “Spirit of Rebirth” concerts to commemorate the 10 year mark of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Currently, Mr. Mekealian resides with his family in New Orleans, Louisiana where he serves as a musician with Marine Corps Band New Orleans. He is the ensemble leader and staff arranger for the Marine Corps Band New Orleans Brass Quintet. The Brass Quintet travels across the country performing many of his works for music students as well as military and civilian ceremonies.