Charles Block studied the double bass at San Francisco State University with Shinji Eshima and Indiana University with Bruce Bransby, and currently serves as Principal Bass of both the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. He can also been heard performing as a substitute with groups such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the SPCO, the Minnesota Opera, and the Grant Park Symphony. Past positions include assistant Principal of the Memphis Symphony. Internationally, Charles has worked with the RTE Irish National Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the festival ensemble of the Bachakademie Stuttgart, and as guest Principal of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Mr. Block lives in Minneapolis with his wife Kathryn Nettleman, who is a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.