Our Staff

Brian Charles founded Charles Double Reed Company in 1983. Brian studied at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music and played oboe, bassoon, and a range of additional instruments professionally in NYC. He worked at Ponte Music Company during college, which led to his assuming leadership of the double reed department. When Charles Ponte closed the entire shop, Brian launched his double reed catalog company from his place in Brooklyn.

He has been a sponsored Buffet and Yamaha Artist, and has had compositions commissioned by Yamaha for their Midi-Grand piano. He coded, and built CDRC’s online presence in 1993, a full year before Amazon. He continues to maintain our website, and along with the whole team, launched the new website in 2018. He was the principal editor and photographer for our entire 28 year run of annual catalogs. Brian has edited and published others’ work, including The Art of Bassoon Reed Making, by Mark Popkin and Lauren Glickman. His short stories have been published in numerous literary reviews. He has presented master classes and lectures in double reed topics at universities nationally.

Brian was the recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, served a three year term as an elected member of the regional budget committee, and ran for NH State Representative. He is married and has an adult son.

Jennifer Zanderstone manages the office at Charles Double Reed Company. She has over 20 years of experience at CDRC, starting in customer service. Bookkeeper was added to her duties when Mrs. Charles retired. She handles all human resources tasks and product management. You can usually find her answering the phones and processing orders, creating harmony when there is havoc.
Nicole LaRoche is a trained woodwind and brass repair technician. She graduated Kennett High School in 2017 and is attending classes with the University system of New Hampshire while working full time at Charles Double Reeds and our sister company, North Conway Music Center. Her technical skill and dedication to learning has made her a valuable member of our team, and garners great respect from both our repair and retail customers. She splits her time between her very significant other (Finn) and her many friends and colleagues here in Mount Washington Valley.