Setup/Gear/Manufacturer of Instruments:

I’ve got a black acoustic Oscar Schmidt guitar, a solid red Washburn electric, and an Ibanez electric. I usually use line 6 amps, and I have a “Ibenez phase modulator” pedal and a “Ibanez Chorus/Flanger pedal. These two can create very unique sounds when used together. All other gear such as picks, straps, and so on vary.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]

Guitarist Charles Bailey

Located in Trussville, AL

  • Guitar
  • 5 years of playing
  • Doubles: Baritone/euphonium; Some piano; some trumpet; drums

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Why did you begin studying music?

I began studying music because of an injury I had in 5th grade. Before than I played sports, but I wasn’t allowed to play after that injury. Today I am very thankful for that accident. I started taking guitar lessons to see if I would enjoy it, because my uncle also plays, well I fell in love with it. Once I got into the 7th grade I started taking beginning band, and scored perfect on every brass instrument, which is when I started to play the baritone. I was first chair for almost the entire year, and was able to skip ahead to the top band the next year.

What are you doing with music now?

Right now in music I still play Baritone in my school’s symphonic band as well as marching band. I’m also in my second year of playing guitar in my school’s jazz band. I have written songs too, and am entering in song contests and trying to get them out there in the open.

Who are some of your influences?

I have an uncle who has played guitar for several years, and started long before I was born. My other uncle plays trumpet and marched in the Auburn University marching band. Both have been a great influence on my life. Some other Influences would be Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, and the list just goes on and on.

Who have you studied with?

I study with Mr. David Knox as my guitar instructor and Mr. Scott Waid as my band directer, and of course I also study with my uncles when I get the chances.

What would you like to do with music in the future?

In the future I hope to be touring around as a Christian artist. As weird as it might sound, I feel like in a way I’m supposed to do this. No matter what happens, music will always be an important part of my life, and I will continue to play and write as long as I live.


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Shannon Kennedy is a vocalist and saxophonist living in Southern California. She is author of "The Album Checklist" and the founder of Teen Jazz. She has been contributing articles to music magaizines and websites since 2004.