Charles HallFebruary 20, 1953 ~ December 11, 2018 (age 65)
Charles Brandon Hall died on December 11, 2018 at his home in Colorado Springs after almost 2 years of treatment for glioblastoma. He was born in 1953 in Tampa, Florida, to Mary Hazel Scott Hall and Charles Brandon Hall, Jr. He, his sister Marty and his brother Van grew up in the town of Seminole in Pinellas County, Florida.
He graduated from Seminole High School in 1971. He started college in 1974 and graduated from Florida State University in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with emphasis in French horn. After a short stint as a band director, he joined the Army and played French horn, guitar and bass with the Sixth US Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco. He studied computer science and began working in information technology in 1983.
In 1987, Charlie, his wife Marcia and their children moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Colorado Springs, where he worked for Digital Equipment Corporation until 2003, when he began teaching and performing music.
In 1994, Charlie was one of the founders of the Black Rose Acoustic Society, a music organization based in Colorado Springs that has regular performances in Black Forest, as well as classes and jam sessions in Colorado Springs. He also was part of the bluegrass/folk/swing band Black Rose, which made two albums, one as a trio and the other as a quintet.
In 2006 Charlie and Marianne Danehy started Day Job Music, Inc., and the Colorado Roots Music Camp in Divide, Colorado, which has been a yearly success since then. In 2010 he and Marianne married.
Charlie and Marianne, along with their friend Dick Carlson from Black Rose, formed a folk/country/bluegrass/swing trio, Prairie Como, in 2008.
Charlie taught hundreds of people to play the guitar and mandolin. He brought people together, forming a vibrant music community with his love of music and people, his humor, knowledge and exceptional teaching skills. He was known across the country as one of the most fun and inspiring musicians and jam leaders around. He was loved and his memory will be cherished by a multitude of family and friends.
He is survived by his wife Marianne Danehy; three children: son Brandon (with daughter-in-law Dallas) Hall of Colorado Springs; daughter Katie (with son-in-law Casey) Korejwo of Englewood, CO; daughter Maria Hall of Colorado Springs; his stepson William McTigue and stepdaughter Anna McTigue of Colorado Springs; his former wife, Marcia Hall; his grandsons Jack, Owen and Connor Korejwo; his sister Marty (with brother-in-law Mike) Rutan of Penrose, CO; his brother Van (with sister-in-law Anita) Hall of Chesapeake, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Black Rose Acoustic Society, PO Box 50165, Colorado Springs, CO 80949, or the Colorado Roots Music Camp, 709 Country Rd 62 Divide, CO 80814 earmarked for the Charlie Hall Scholarship Fund .