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 www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published by Bakersfield Californian from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2010.