Charles Olson

The “Custom Batons” company started in Charles Olson’s basement back in the early 1970's. At the time, conductors everywhere were accustomed to using any old stick as a baton. Mr. Olson wanted a better conducting baton for his own use and since no one made a really fine baton yet, he decided to make one for himself. After years of tinkering and perfecting the design and construction of conducting batons, Mr. Olson developed a reputation as the best baton craftsman around.

Starting with his colleagues and fellow directors, word spread that Mr. Olson was building batons like no one had ever seen before. The batons were well balanced, beautiful, and custom designed. The fine quality and excellent design of these batons drew customers first locally, then expanded regionally and even internationally.

Having conducted wind ensembles for years, Mr. Olson developed a reputation as an excellent conductor as well as an excellent baton craftsman. Fellow conductors in colleges everywhere started to trust that Charles Olson was the authority on fine conducting batons.

Today, there is a much broader selection of conducting batons, but nothing quite compares to an “Olson” baton. In 2006, Mr. Olson "passed the baton" on to his understudy, Chris Blount. At that point, Chris took on the ownership and responsibility of Custom Batons. Continuing the proud tradition of fine craftsmanship, Chris builds each and every custom ordered baton with the care and attention to detail passed on to him by Charles Olson.