Charlie Vernon began his orchestral career in September 1971 as bass trombonist with the Baltimore Symphony. In 1980
he performed one season with the San Francisco Symphony, before being chosen by Riccardo Muti to play bass trombone
with the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he played for five seasons. Charlie joined the legendary brass section of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra in 1986.
A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Charlie attended Brevard College and Georgia State University, where he studied with
Bill Hill as well as Gail Wilson, professor of trombone at Arizona State University. His mentor/teachers were Arnold Jacobs
and Edward Kleinhammer, respectively former tuba and bass trombone of the Chicago Symphony.
Charlie Vernon makes many solo and teaching appearances throughout the world and has served on the faculties of
Catholic University, Brevard Music Center, Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, the Curtis Institute,
and Northwestern University. Currently, he is Professor of Trombone at DePaul University in Chicago.