Composer - Arranger - RWS Music Company
BA Music Education, San Diego State University
Charles Mekealian is a freelance music composer and former Marine Corps Musician. Raised in Sanger, California, Mr. Mekealian was inspired to pursue a career in music education and composition by his membership as a trumpet player with the Santa Clara Vanguard organization. Mr. Mekealian began his music studies at Fresno City College then graduated from the Basic Musicians Course at the Naval School of Music in 2010 and recently completed his bachelor’s degree in Music Education at San Diego State University.
Mr. Mekealian began arranging music for marching, concert, and show bands 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. He has also composed and arranged multiple works for the Marine Corps Bands in which he served. His most notable arrangement, “Mi Chiamano, Mimi,” by Giacomo Puccini, was presented at the Spirit of Rebirth concerts to commemorate the 10-year anniversary in memoriam of devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. He served as the ensemble leader and staff arranger for the Marine Corps Band New Orleans Brass Quintet. The Brass Quintet traveled across the United States performing many of his works for music students as well as military and civic ceremonies. Mr. Mekealian has had music performed by multiple music programs in California as well as several works performed by District Honor Bands in Southern California.
Currently, Mr. Mekealian resides with his wife and two daughters in San Diego, California. Mr. Mekealian is currently a staff arranger for several high school band programs in California. He is also a music educator in the San Dieguito Union High School District.