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On Thursday, April 29th clarinetists in the Glenwood City high school and middle school bands had a virtual masterclass with Musician 1st Class Charlie Suriyakham. The session was made possible by the Coast Guard Band Education Outreach.
Musician 1st Class Charlie Suriyakham, clarinet, was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He began to teach himself to play the clarinet at age twelve. After graduating from high school at the Prince Royal’s College, he attended Payap University in Chiang Mai for one year. He began his formal clarinet studies in 1993 with Debbie Kanter at California State University in Northridge. In 1995 he transferred to Chicago College of the Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, and studied with Gregory Smith. At Roosevelt University, he received a full scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Music degree, a Master of Music degree, and a Professional Diploma in orchestral studies. MU1 Suriyakham’s other clarinet teachers include Thomas LeGrand, Jeffrey Lerner, Larry Combs, Randall Griffin, and others. He has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Classical Symphony Orchestra, the Encore Chamber Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony in California. He has received full scholarships to attend many music festivals including Texas Music Festival for four summers, the Rome Summer Music Festival, and the Las Vegas Music Festival. In 1998 Charlie Suriyakham also won the concerto competition at Roosevelt University. MU1 Suriyakham joined the United States Coast Guard Band in February 2005.