Back in the 1990's Charles was attending the University of South Florida and majoring in music education and saxophone performance. While there he got a part time job working for the Brass & Woodwind shop in Tampa as a sales and inventory clerk. One day the owner asked him to put a tenon cork on a clarinet. After about 5 attempts he got it about right. Discovering he enjoyed band instrument repair much more than teaching he started what was to become a 3 year apprenticeship under master technician Steve Bockus.
In 2000 Charles and his wife Mary and son Kenneth, relocated from Florida to the Covington, GA area. During this time Charles kept repairing and selling instruments he would find and fix up as he built his shop in his home. Then in 2009 with his father Charles Harris Sr. he started Harris Band Instruments to bring a much needed service to the east Atlanta area.
Since opening his company Charles has become one of the most sought after saxophone techs in the Atlanta area. He has resurrected many saxophones that have been considered a lost cause and brought them back to being solid playing saxophones. Many professional players seek him to perform his magic on their instruments.
Charles is a Professional member and clinician of N.A.P.B.I.R.T
(National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians)