Charles L. Booker, Jr., conductor and composer, and former U.S. Army Bandmaster, received his degrees from the University of the State of New York, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and his teacher certification in secondary music from Southwest Texas State University. His compositions are published by Alfred, Kendor, Bravo Music and Southern Music Company.
Mr. Booker is a product of the Texas Band program, having studied in high school under Al Sturchio and Dan Schreiber. He studied composition with Dr. Steve Strunk and Dr. James Balentine and conducting with Dr. Robert Garofalo and Dr. Robert Rustowicz. Mr. Booker continued his conducting studies at the Conductor's Collegium (2001 and 2002) and at the University of North Texas, studying with Dennis Fisher and Eugene Corporon. Mr. Booker's career in the U.S. Army included service as an arranger for the Army Field Band, performer and conductor of Army Bands in Louisiana, Germany, New York City, and director of the noted Jazz Ambassadors in Washington, D.C.
In 1999, Mr. Booker was appointed Director of Band Activities at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and in 2002 he was made Lead Faculty (chair) of the Music, Art, Spanish and Humanities Departments at UA Fort Smith. He was Interim Director of Bands at Trinity University from 1996 to 1997 and assistant editor at Southern Music Company from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Booker is currently president of the Arkansas Chapter of College Band Directors National Association, past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and a member of both the Arkansas and Texas Bandmaster Associations. Mr. Booker is also a member of the Arkansas Chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the International School Bandmaster Fraternity.