This page gives us an opportunity to introduce one of our members “up close and personal”. Our featured player this month is Chuck D’Ardenne, oboe.
Chuck’s earliest musical memory is hearing lullabies sung by his parents. In fact, he had a musical family. He remembers his sisters singing duets while washing the dinner dishes and they gave an impromptu performance at his wedding.
Like most musicians, his first structured involvement with music was in his school program. Chuck attended the Abington School District and started his instrumental experience with the clarinet and then the saxophone.
A 6th grader marching in the 1964 Memorial Day Parade:
In 7th grade Chuck started learning the oboe. During his career at Abington High School he was a performer in all of the instrumental musical ensembles including Marching Band, Orchestra, Pep Band, Pit Band and Jazz Band.
“When I started at Penn State, I only played the oboe for one semester. Playing cards, drinking beer and studying (in that order) took all of my time.”
As time marched on, Chuck became interested in sailing. Not long after, his instructor encouraged him to race. In addition to winning several trophies, he won a few Thanksgiving Regattas. The trophy for these Regattas had feathers.
Chuck is married and has two wonderful children. He has continued the family tradition of serenading the children.
He attended Temple Pharmacy School and is currently a retail pharmacist. For many years his work schedule didn’t allow him to schedule any weekly activities. However, as soon as his schedule became fixed, he joined the MCCB.
“I love playing in the MCCB, watching our country’s veterans stand when we play the song representing their branch of the service, seeing little kids march as we play, and creating a well played phrase. Most of all, I love playing with such gifted musicians and being directed by such wonderful conductors.”
Don Kline, personnel manager for the MCCB, writes this about Chuck: “Chuck is one of our gifted musicians. He is another example of how music has been an integral part of his life. He likes the enjoyment and emotion music conveys to the audience. He likes the ‘team spirit’ and pride that is a by-product of working in a musical ensemble. If you have been a musical performer, you know this is what it’s all about.”