Charles Noel Brady
1937 - 2010
Charles Noel Brady 1937 - 2010 Charles Brady was born on July 16, 1937, in Delano, California to Ernest and Audria (Parker) Brady. He passed away suddenly on February 16, 2010 at his home in Bakersfield. His family knows that he is with his Lord, but they will truly miss his beautiful smile, wise counsel, and his sense of humor. His childhood was filled with freedom as he and his two sisters and neighborhood friends played from dawn to dusk. In the fourth grade he brought home a school trumpet and the rest is history. Charles played throughout his school years in band and ensemble groups, winning numerous awards. He graduated from Delano High School in 1955 and attended the University of Southern California on a full music scholarship. He graduated from USC in 1959, and after a two year tour of duty in the 52nd Army Band, Ft. Ord, CA, he went to New York to study at Juilliard University. He received his Master's Degree at Catholic University in Washington D.C. Charles was principal trumpeter of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. for six years. He also toured with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Feidler. During his professional career he played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, and the New York Philharmonic. Charles recorded "L'Histoire du Soldat" (A Soldier's Tale) written and conducted by Igor Stravinsky for Capital Records. While in Los Angeles he also recorded several music soundtracks including the movies, Lady in the Cage and Pork Chop Hill. Charles met the love of his life in 1960, Eva Eiren, and they were married on January 7, 1961. After their sons were born, they returned to Bakersfield with their family where they have lived for forty years. Charles played with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Farrer as principal trumpeter for 30 years. He also played with The "Bakersfield Civic Light Opera" Orchestra, and so many other groups too numerous to mention. Charles truly loved to play and rarely turned down an opportunity to perform. Charles taught for the Bakersfield School District, Cal State Bakersfield, and at Fairfax School District for 32 years and retired in 2007. He taught privately for 40 years, and inspired students to have passion for the trumpet. Because he loved his students, he wanted to give them an appreciation and love of music to enrich their lives. Many of his students traveled from all over California to study with him. Charles was a member of Valley Baptist Church and the American Legion. He was on the board of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony and an adjunct professor at Cal State Bakersfield. Charles accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at an early age and was faithful to his beliefs his entire life. Charles was a caring and loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather. He loved the Lord and his family; his family was everything to him and filled his life with joy. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Eva Brady; sons, Charles Brady Jr., James Brady, John Brady and his wife Tawny; grandchildren, Kayla Shoultz, Christian Brady, Caylee Brady, Kaya Brady, Emily Brady, Andrew Brady, and Dylan Black. Charles is survived by his aunts, Franzelle Nyhus, and Billie Jean Parker. He is also survived by his two sisters, Barbara Paves and her husband Dan, and Gwen Goodwin and her husband Arnold. He was "Uncle Charles" to eight nieces, nephews and their spouses who loved him. Charles was preceded in death by his loving mother and father and four siblings. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at Valley Baptist Church, 4800 Fruitvale Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93312. Burial will take place at Greenlawn Southwest Cemetery. Visitation will be held on February 23rd, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara. Donations may be made in Charles' name to the Karen Watson Missionary Fund at Valley Baptist Church in lieu of flowers. The entire Brady Clan wishes to thank all of the wonderful friends and Church family that have poured out their love to us during this difficult time. We were awed by the Feb. 18th article published by The Bakersfield Californian. You really captured our beloved Charles in a beautifully written article. May God bless and comfort you all. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara
Published by Bakersfield Californian from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2010.
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He was my favorite teacher. I was in the band at Fairfax from 1976-1979 he taught me how to play several instruments and encouraged me to be all I could be . Thank you for being such an amazing man. You are very loved my many . You made me feel like I could have the whole world.
Gloria cope with homas
August 24, 2020
Love and peace to the Brady family, may God bring you comfort at this time.
From the Salazar Family
Rachel Salazar
March 15, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Dora McDonnell
March 4, 2010
Dear family and friends, We just heard about Charles' death and are saddened greatly. We remember him as one who helped us at then First Southern Baptist Church as our Music Minister. We were in the choir and served our God along side Charles those many years ago. And yes, our most vivid memory of him was his love of the Lord and giving a testimony of Him at every opportunity. Praise God for his life.
Bill and Juanda Isaacs
March 4, 2010
I look back to 1979 with a smile as I would strap on my drum and march with him to raise the flag in front of Fairfax school not realizing what a great misician I was standing next to.And how he would see me 30 or so years later and still remember me,always greeting me with a hug and the question Are you going to church? Mr.Brady is now playing where he belongs...with the Angels.To his family I give my deepest sympathy.What a great man.You were all truly blessed to have him and thank you for sharing him with all of us at Fairfax.
Jim Meadows
March 2, 2010
No words can express what my heart wants to say about my teacher, mentor and in recent years my counselor, co worker, sometimes pastor and dear friend. He was my choir/band teacher 31 years ago and 14 years ago became my co worker and friend. My best times with him were during Bible club. It was there that I saw the true, passionate man. He was humble, compassionate, and wise. I can not believe that as long as I knew him, I never knew the extent of his talent. He did not boast but was always interested in what I had going on or what I needed. He was there when I needed someone to pray with me or just listen to my concerns for my son. When he went to be with the Lord...I realized that I had lost someone great in my life and I never told him how much he meant to me. I hold everything in my heart and will forever cherish all that he was to me. Thank you to his family for sharing him with all of us. He has left an awesome legacy.
Christy Escalante
March 2, 2010
My deepest condolences go out to Mr. Brady's family and friends. He truly was a wonderful man!! May God be with you all during this sad time!!
February 25, 2010
I never knew Mr. Brady, only the evidence and testament of his magnificent trumpet playing. I just learned of his passing, and it moved me to contact you. His playing (especially on the L'histoire recording) was and is a source of continued inspiration to me, and my sympathies go out to his family.
John Charles Thomas
February 24, 2010
The article that came out in last Thursday’s Bakersfield Californian described Charles to a tee, emphasizing what a great trumpet player and even what a greater man he was. I first knew Charles as the music teacher from Fairfax middle school in Bakersfield and every year we would all get together during the honor band rehearsals and talk about everything under the sun. Charles loved his students, and never wasted a minute letting you know how much he cared for them.
He was rruly an icon in the Bakersfield Symphony and later in Gordon Mehling’s Musica De Camera Orchestra and the CSUB community band. Before rehearsals with the community band he would fondly ask me how Delano was doing – not just from a musical perspective but also like a father asking about his home town.
Charles will be missed by all, and if I close my eyes and take a deep breath, I can visualize him up there in the clouds jammin’ on his trumpet with the golden harpist.
We miss you, Charles.
Arnold Morrison
February 24, 2010
Mr. Brady was truly a man of integrity and will always be remembered as one of the greatest people I have ever met. He was everything a person could hope to become in life. He has touched so many lives, I doubt if anyone could count them. He was truly one of the greatest men to ever walk this earth. Perhaps instead of hearing bells when we go to heaven, we will hear a trumpet. You have and always will remain in my heart even after 20+ years after I graduated 8th grade! You will be missed!
Matt Day
February 23, 2010
To read the accomplishments of a man that I knew as my childrens music teacher has truly amazed me. To hear about the passing of such a good man as Mr. Brady saddens my heart but also makes me realize that he is now in the very presence of the Lord that he most loved. His parting will only be for a short time until one day his family and friends will see him again in heaven. My heart felt sympathy to all of his family for your loss. I pray that God takes you through this time and shows you His hand at work in every passing moment.
Steve Ratliff
February 23, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this wonderful dedicated man. It is evident, from the guest book entries, that his presence has inspired and enriched the lives of countless folks. Personally, for me he was an icon of the trumpet world. In the 1950s in the Pasadena Symphony I was a young trumpet student who was very fortunate to sit next to a man like Chuck Brady.
His sound was so pure and effortless. He was so gifted musically and I admired him to the point that I tried to emulate him. Of course I was impressed with that heavenly tone of his but when he had been in the army and was coming to rehearsals in his combat boots-I couldn't wait to start wearing my combat boots. At least one summer we played together at the American Symphony Orchestra League conductors workshops at Asilomar California. He will forever be remembered for his beautiful work on L'Histoire with Stravinsky but it is obvious he has touched the lives of many people during his time here. Thank you and God bless Charles Brady.
Malcolm McNab
February 23, 2010
All my sympathies go out to this wonderful man's family. He was a credit to the music world and very loved by all. I never had the privilege of having him as my teacher, but got to know him when he beautifully played his trumpet for the St Philip's Chorale, of which I am one of the singers. He knew my family though, the Ojeda family, as two of my sisters were his students, and my Mom, Pat Ojeda, was one of his coworkers. My Mother is gone from us now too, and I am sure that she was there to greet him when he went up to heaven. What wonderful music and prayers are there in Our Father's heavenly home! I will miss you Mr. Brady. Cynthia Peralta
Cynthia Peralta
February 23, 2010
Little did I know in my years as a student at Fairfax School (k - 8), of the amazing biography of the man that that stood before us. From the terrible squeak of a beginner on their first instrument, to the beautiful music that only he could draw out from a bunch of kids...simply because he believed in us. The legacy of this great man is spread far and wide and his family should know that we were all honored for the time and compassion their husband/father/son/grandpa shared with the kids he educated and nurtured through the years. He will be truly missed and I only wish I had the opportunity to tell him 'thank you for being you.' This was a great man.
Amy Carmona
February 22, 2010
You gave me a solo in choir and the confidence in playing the flute in your band. I told my son all about you and how much you meant to me as a teacher and a friend growing up. You will be missed.

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Ginni Davis
February 22, 2010
My condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family. I studied under Mr. Brady from 1976 to 1980 to see him bring out the best in all of his students including myself. He brought out in us the things that we didn't even know we had the talent for and taught us to have faith in ourselves and allow our music to express who we really are. He was like a father to some and a mentor to most. If you had the honor to know Mr. Brady, then you can say that you knew a very great, wonderful, patient, enthusiastic, compasionate man. He will always be missed but forever remembered, and have the love and respect of so many. Thank you Mr Brady for giving me some of the most memorable times in my life as your student.
Adrian Olivarez
February 22, 2010
Today I feel such a sadness for a great man who was so loved by all who knew him. He alway cared about all his students,so glad to have been one. I alway wanted to stop back by and say hello now it very hard to say goodbye. You were always there to help bring me out of my shell I hope you would have been proud . I dont think there was any of your student you were not proud of. Im 44 now it been a long time since i cried and this is one of them. There never was a time i didn't think about you now and then, wish i could have shook you hand just to say thank you. When ever I hear Tijuana Brass I'll think of you
blowing that horn like no other.
Thank you for being a Great Teacher Always
Richard Salazar
February 22, 2010
Nickolas Russell
February 22, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Brady's loved ones during this time.
K. Herrera
February 22, 2010
Mr. Brady, You were such an inspiration to me. You taught me to play the flute and you had me sing "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" for my eighth grade graduation. You were such a wonderful teacher. You gave me my first Bible. All those years in Marching Band and you were always so patient with us! I think of you often in my life, as I work with students now and have referenced you in my teachings. You are loved and will be dearly missed!
Tami (Lee) Apodaca
February 22, 2010
I had the privilege of working with Mr. Brady on a song I sang during my 8th grade graduation from Fairfax jr. High. My brother also got to work with Mr. Brady during his years in band. We were both touched by his love of music because we both have that same love of music and continue to share that with others. Our condolences go out to the family, and my God be with you all during this hard time.
The Ramirez Family
Christina Ramierz
February 22, 2010
Two of our children were very privileged to have Mr. Brady as their band teacher at Fairfax School District and I was very privileged to have been a coworker there as well. I will never forget how he would hold bible study class during lunch or after school. He loved God with all his heart and he wasn't afraid to share God's love with anyone! He will be missed but his legend will live on. Those of us that are left behind will find comfort in knowing that he is in the presence of our Heavenly Father! out Gabriel...Mr. Brady just might take over blowing that trumpet!

The Breedlove Family
Jamie Breedlove
February 21, 2010
Wow, where do I begin. Mr Brady has brought so much joy and memories to our family. We will always be greatful for allowing our daughters to soar in music and create a memories to share with their children. From allowing my two older children Sheree and Kelsey to conduct the band at their 8th grade graduation to the massive suprise of the Bakersfield Condors presenting you with season passes for your Retirement from the Fairfax School District at our daughter Cora's graduation. He is and always will be one of a kind and very dear to our hearts. God keep you Mr. Brady you are loved and missed by all in the Padilla home.
Pamela Padilla
February 20, 2010
Mr. Brady~
i will never forget all of our memories in the good ol' band room at fairfax school!!!! you were such a patient man , , you always were there for us no matter what . i remember when we set up bible club at the school , how awesome was that ! u asked me to be president of the club! the several christmas parades i marched with u, u said us three girls were unseprable- myself (rindi buller), nicole ayers, and amanda cockren!!!! i will never forget u u were a good person , a great teacher, and a man who loved the lord.......... sincerly, your student friend ~Rindi Buller class of 1997!!!!!!!
rindi buller
February 20, 2010
Inspirational, motivational, true friend, incredible teacher, the descriptive words go on and on for this truely amazing man. He taught me for 5 years but my love of music continues today. He introduced me to music in 3rd grade and I'll forever be greatful for that and the countless other things that he taught me as a musician and a person. Mr. Brady will truely be missed.
Brandy Morgan
February 20, 2010
Good-bye Mr. Brady you will be terribly missed by all your passed students from the Fairfax School District. You were a great man who always had a kind word and sympathetic shoulder for anyone of your students who needed it. You were known to go above and beyond the call of duty when it came to your students. We Love You and will Miss You! Rest In Peace
Rachel Stotler
February 20, 2010
I will always remember Mr. Brady as a loving and giving man. I had the pleasure of playing with him on several occasions and he taught me how to not only play the music but how to feel the music. He will always be in my heart. I know one day I will see him again as we all play in God's orchestra. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Pamela Crandell
Pamela Crandell
February 20, 2010
Mr Brady will be greatly miss among his past and former students from all over; specially those of us from Fairfax Jr. High.
Cheryl Caswell
February 20, 2010
I will always remember Mr. Brady for being an incredible mentor both musically and personally. He lived his Christian witness with consistency and was a truly honorable gentleman. I am blessed to have known him.
Deanna Harder
February 20, 2010
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