Seventeen year old Charles Carey III is a talented young musician looking ahead to a career in music. He felt music running through his blood at a very early age and began drumming at the age of five years with the help of his father, Reverend Charles Carey, Principal of Wesley College, who is also a talented musician.
Charles III is now so accomplished on drums that he is teaching someone at Wesley College to play drums and recently he was invited by the visiting ‘Music Doing Good’ Group from the United States who performed a benefit concert for the Every Child counts School, to accompany the singers onstage for one of their songs.
Reverend Carey focuses strongly on music at Wesley College and many years ago formed the Wesley College Band which plays for many local functions. From the time he started school, young Charles III was enthralled by the music he heard the students playing. Thus, at age seven he chose to begin playing the trumpet like his father.
For the first few years he practiced on one of the school’s trumpets but by the age of ten he had made so much progress that his father bought him his very own instrument. Over the years Charles has received musical instruction from several teachers including his father, cousin and members of the Wesley College Band.
Each year he performs with the Band in the Clement E. Bethel National Arts Festival and last year also performed well in the solo class.
Charles loves to play whenever he has the chance. He performs a solo every Sunday in church and whenever the opportunity arises at concerts, funerals and family weddings. When he first began playing, his repertoire was mainly hymns, popular classics and Bahamian music, but recently he has turned his attention more to jazz.
For the past two years he has attended a summer camp in Nassau where he received instruction in Jazz from teachers from the United States and this has now become his favourite genre. He has also recently begun teaching himself to play the French horn with the aid of books and CD. At the end of grade 11 Charles sat and passed the GCSE music exam and is now studying for his Grade 6 Royal Schools theory examination.
Now in his final year of High School, Charles plans next year to begin on the next phase of his musical career. During the first two years of tertiary study he intends to study at the College of The Bahamas and then move onto a music college in the United States where he wants to focus on trumpet and French Horn.
When he returns to The Bahamas it is his goal to open a music store and possibly give lessons and, of course, continue performing.
In his spare time Charles enjoys playing tennis and helping his father on his farm but says: “Music is my passion.” Charles has enjoyed playing in the Wesley College Band during all of his school years and he hopes, when he goes to Nassau, to become a member of The Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra.