Long-time member of the Excelsior group dies
MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has said Charles Hall, a longtime member of the Excelsior group, has died.
“It’s hard to imagine a true mobile event without the Excelsior Band, and for several decades Charles E. Hall has kept the low end on the tuba,” Stimpson said. “Today we pray for Mr. Hall’s family and thank him for bringing music to the streets of our city for so many years.
Hall was also a member of the Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South Alumni Band and encouraged many young Mobilians to pursue music and marching band at the college level, Stimpson said.
Hall began his career with the group Excelsior in 1967. After a hiatus, he returned to the group after the death of the legendary EB Coleman.
Read his bio on the Excelsior Group website below:
Charles Hall graduated from Jackson State University with a major in music education. He pursued further studies at the University of South Alabama, Springhill College and Alabama State University. Charles is a former group manager and subsequently worked in the private sector. He is a founding member of the Mobile Symphonic Pops Band, as head of the tuba section. He performed with the Dauphin Way Baptist Church Orchestra for several years; played with Guy Lombardo Band. He currently works for Prichard Housing Authority. Charles began his career with the group Excelsior in 1967. After a hiatus, he returned to the group after the death of the legendary EB Coleman.