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Charles Brooks, DMA is proud to be a supportive member of the K&K Sound Artist Family. Recently selected as a K&K Sound Artist of the Month, 
Brooks fully endorses K&K Sound amplification systems:
"I have successfully used K&K Sound's vibraphone amplification system for more than a decade and it is because of their system that I am able to express myself wholly and successfully in various musical fashions and settings. K&K's products live up to their reputation 
and I would recommend them to any musician." -- CBDMA

Charles Brooks, DMA is proud to be a supportive member of the K&K Sound Artist Family. Recently selected as a K&K Sound Artist of the Month, Brooks fully endorses K&K Sound amplification systems: "I have successfully used K&K Sound's vibraphone amplification system for more than a decade and it is because of their system that I am able to express myself wholly and successfully in various musical fashions and settings. K&K's products live up to their reputation and I would recommend them to any musician." -- CBDMA

latest news

Dec. 8, 2016 - Dr. Charles Brooks Announces 2017 Mid City Jazz Festival! 

Created and hosted by Dr. Charles Brooks in 2016, the Mid City Jazz Festival is open to all Louisiana middle school, high school, and independent music school jazz ensembles. The festival was created to bring together Louisiana's young musicians and offer them the unique opportunity to perform in front of professional jazz musicians and collegiate-level educators in a friendly yet competitive environment. Quite simply, the Mid City Jazz Festival's goal is to present these budding musicians with the opportunity to be a part of a future focused on the preservation of Louisiana's jazz music, education, and heritage.

The 2nd annual MCJF will take place on Thursday, April 13, 2017 on the main stage of the Magnolia Theater, located on the main campus of Baton Rouge Community College. It is an honor to announce the return of legendary New Orleans jazz trumpeter and Preservation Hall regular Mr. Leroy Jones, who will be accompanied by professional jazz bassist and collegiate educator Dr. Robert Nash and by professional Baton Rouge jazz drummer for the legendary Terence Blanchard, Mr. Troy Davis. 

Registration is FREE and open through April 1, 2017. For more information, visit www.TheCharlesBrooks.com/mcjf or find us on Facebook @MidCityJazzFestival. 

Oct. 30, 2016 - Dr. Brooks Creates Recording Studio Ensemble at BRCC 

On Friday, October 28, 2016, the very first Baton Rouge Community College RECORDING STUDIO ENSEMBLE, led by Dr. Brooks, made their public debut at BRCC's art program fundraiser "Follow Me to Frazier." Pictured from left to right are student violinist Francisco Matos, vibraphonist Dr. Charles Brooks, vocalist Nyla Hall, bassist Robert Kling, and hand drummer Jose Botello. The Ensemble entertained guests, students, faculty, and donors with jazz standards and classics. For video, visit www.Facebook.com/TheCharlesBrooks.

Thu, June 30, 2016 - Charles Brooks, DMA Selected as K&K Sound Artist of the Month! 

Recently welcomed into the K&K Sound artist family, Charles Brooks, DMA has been selected as a 2016 K&K Sound Artist of the Month to be featured in the fall. The feature will include a spot on K&K's homepage, complete with his bio, photos, and video. Dr. Brooks has happily and successfully used K&K's vibraphone amplification system for more than a decade and says, "It is because of their amp system that I am able to express myself wholly and completely the way I intend to in various musical fashions and settings. I would recommend K&K products to any musician."

Stay tuned for more information on Dr. Brooks' K&K Sound artist feature!

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Sun, May 2, 2016 - Dr. Brooks To Headline The Bee Nice Music Concert Series 

Mark your calendars! 
Dr. Brooks will be headlining the Bee Nice Music Concert Series on Friday, July 8 from 7-9 p.m. with his group, The Charles Brooks Collective. Bring your chairs and your ice chests and kick back while Brooks blows your mind with solo techniques on the vibraphone and ... introducing a new drum to the South Louisiana public ... on Garrahand's new gdrum, a melodic, steel-shelled electro-acoustic hand drum. When that's over, you'll want to stick around as Brooks is joined by tlocal drumming phenom Chris "The Kat" Lee on drums, masterful ivory tickler and Captain Green founder/keyboardist Ross Hoppe on piano, and the might bass conjurer Bobby Kling of Captain Green on the bass guitar. Enjoy jazz, funk, and all other genres as The Charles Brooks Collective brings you in on their eclectic celebration of music, Charles Brooks style. 

Stay tuned! More details to follow!

March 23, 2016 - Dr. Brooks on NBC 33 TV - Mid City Jazz Festival 

Mid City Jazz Festival happens this week! Dr. Brooks rose bright and early yesterday to go hang out with NBC33's Chad Sabadie and talk about the Jazz Festival. View the morning show interview HERE, and be sure to join us tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for a special jazz concert featuring:


Dr. Charles Brooks on drums
New Orleans' legendary jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones
LSU's Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and of Jazz Studies, Dr. Willis Delony on piano
Michael Foster (of The Michael Foster Project) on bass

FREE and open to the public!
The Governor's Building Recital Hall on Baton Rouge Community College campus.

Thursday just got a little smoother with some sweet southern jazz. 

Feb. 22, 2016 - Dr. Brooks to Host Mid City's First Annual Jazz Festival 


The first annual Mid City Jazz Festival will be held March 24, 2016 in the Magnolia Theater on Baton Rouge Community College's mid-city campus. Dr. Brooks, head of BRCC's audio engineering department, will host the event as part of the school's 10th Annual Arts Festival held that same week. 


"The festival will give high school and middle school jazz ensembles across the state the opportunity to perform in front of professional jazz musicians and educators in a friendly yet competitive environment," said Dr. Brooks. "Judges will score bands throughout the day and provide both written and verbal feedback. Then we will give out awards that evening just prior to a special concert given by the judges in collaboration with me."

Judges for the festival will be Leroy Jones, legendary New Orleans jazz trumpeter; Michael Foster, of the Michael Foster Project; and Dr. Willis Delony, Virginia Martin Howard Professor of Piano and Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University.

For more information on the first annual Mid City Jazz Festival, please contact us through this webpage or you can reach Dr. Brooks directly at brooksc@mybrcc.edu.

Feb. 7, 2016 - Weekends With Whitney Follow-Up Feature 

After Whitney Vann's first feature on Dr. Brooks aired back in January, we received viewer feedback from a lady in Milton, La., who, as it turns out, had a very old vibraphone that used to belong to her mother, who played it up until she passed away about 15 years ago. Neither she nor anyone else in the family knew how to play it, and she had been struggling with what to do with such an important family instrument. Upon reaching out, she asked if Charles wanted her mother's vibraphone, so we drove out to just past Clinton, LA with Whitney Vann in tow to meet Mrs. Erin Ross and pick up this beautiful instrument. Enjoy this follow-up feature!

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