Charles Steck, Associate Conductor
Charles Steck has enjoyed a long and storied career as a musician and educator in our community, and he has been a fixture in the orchestra as a performer and conductor. He holds both the degrees Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music from Valparaiso University, and has done advanced study at the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and VanderCook College of Music.
Mr. Steck has been Instructor of Trumpet at Valparaiso University since 1990, teaching studio trumpet and trumpet choir. In 2016 he became Instructor of Trumpet at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, as well as brass instructor for Lakeshore High School and Portage High School. He has a thriving trumpet studio at his home here in La Porte.
Mr. Steck performs regularly as a trumpeter with the St. Joseph (Michigan) Municipal Band, where he has been featured trumpet and vocal soloist on numerous occasions. Since 2003, he has served as Principal Trumpet of the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra, as well. He is also a long-time trumpet and vocalist with the Tom Milo Big Band. In addition, he performs with the North American Brass Company, a brass quintet which performs throughout the Michiana region. This group has done performances at Andrews University, Valparaiso University, Southwest Michigan College, and has done numerous fundraising events for groups such as CASA and Heroin Awareness. Last December the group did the World Premier with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra of “Ho, Ho, Ho” by noted composer Rick DeJonge.
In 2013, after a lengthy career as principal trumpet, Mr. Steck became the conductor and music director of the Historic La Porte City Band, the oldest continuous municipal band in the State of Indiana
His work with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra features him serving as the Principal Trumpet, a position he has held since 1980. He first joined the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra when he was in high school, during the orchestra's very first season, and in 2006 he was named the orchestra's Most Outstanding Musician Mr. Steck also serves as the orchestra's Associate Conductor, and has conducted the orchestra in several concerts throughout the years, including for the 40th anniversary concert.. He was honored to conduct the orchestra for the 2014 and 2015 productions of "Holiday at the Pops."