Charles Parker Mertens
Musical Director / Programmer / Bass
Hometown: Telluride, CO
Current Location: Denver, CO
Charlie began his musical studies at the young age of 10. He felt an instant passion for music and excelled as both a young cellist and bassist. His innate talents and ambition earned him a full academic scholarship to the University of Colorado, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Bass Performance. Charlie is an international performer, educator and recording artist. He has worked in Europe, Africa, India, Canada and the United States. Charlie regularly performs with top tier touring artists such as Thievery Corporation, Tony Furtado, Colorado Symphony and Katie Glassman (National Swing Fiddle Champion).
The Musical Director at Great Family Reunion coordinates and schedules musicians, rehearsals and oversees all the musical arrangements for the performances. Additionally, Charlie works closely with our clients throughout the entirety of the planning process. Our mission is to ensure that each moment of your event flows effortlessly, with the musical ambiance to match.
Each client has their own unique set of “likes” and “dislikes”, especially when it comes to musical preferences. For example… Are you planning a wedding? Do you require live music at the ceremony? Special dances (i.e. First Dance, Father/Daughter/, Mother /Son)? Hora? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Our years of expertise helps us easily evaluate the best ways to serve each client and their guests. We create the perfect musical moments for each stage of the event- ceremony, cocktail and reception. From the very start of the wedding, as the angelic violin melodies begin to ring out and the guests take their seats. Up until the momentous blasts of the horn section into night’s late hours. Great Family Reunion’s world class ensembles and professional production staff are here and ready to help you create memories that will last a lifetime!