Charlie Heim, a drummer residing in Philadelphia, is active in the busy music scene of the Delaware Valley. A founding member of Philly’s experimental rock outfit The March Hare and the jazz trio Sixtanato, Charlie’s busy schedule is augmented by his full-time attendance at the University of the Arts.
Born and raised in State College, PA, Charlie began studying music at an early age. Taking up studies originally on the piano when he was 8 years old, he quickly became enamored with the musical art form. Shortly thereafter, Charlie became introduced to the saxophone, which became a new fascination. His study of both alto and tenor saxophones, through the esteemed tutelage of Steve Bowman, led him to a deeper understanding of music in both classical and jazz idioms. Through the tenor, Charlie was exposed to extensive opportunities in which to experience music: while in high school, he was a part of an award-winning symphonic band, played with various jazz bands, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) 2004 All-State Band. While the saxophone was for a long while his “main instrument”, he would soon find that it was not quite the right voice with which to express his musical creativity. After receiving his first drum set in 2000, it was no question where Charlie’s true passion lay. The drums called.
Inspired by the music he surrounded himself with, it did not take long for Charlie’s rhythmic voice to come to the surface. John Coltrane and Benny Goodman stood alongside Green Day and Incubus in his collection of recordings; the diversity of his early musical tastes would prove to be largely responsible for the stylistic fusion of the music he currently makes.