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Professional Trumpet Player Eric Miyashiro of Tokyo, Japan

Eric Miyashiro - Trumpet Player

Eric Miyashiro - Trumpet Player

Eric Miyashiro - CHASE REVISITED - "Open Up Wide"

Eric Miyashiro - CHASE REVISITED

Eric Miyashiro Big Band - "Give It One"

Professional Trumpet Player Eric Miyashiro of Tokyo, Japan was born of Japanese parents in Honolulu Hawaii on July 13, 1963. Professional Trumpet Player Eric Miyashiro's father was a professional trumpet player with the world-famous Royal Hawaiian Band; his mother was a professional dancer from Tokyo, Japan. Eric was highly influenced by his father and from early childhood took interest in his fathers trumpet playing. Eric began to study the trumpet in early grade school and achieved a level of mastery by 8th grade sufficient for his father to give him an Eb, D, and Piccolo Trumpet along with his Bb trumpet.

Beginning at age fourteen and through high school, Eric had the opportunity to play professionally with Sammy Davis, Jr., Engelbert Humperdinck, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Tom Jones and Henry Mancini. When Eric was eighteen years old, he won a position with the All American High School All Stars and played with Maynard Ferguson and his big band at Carnegie Hall for the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

In 1982, Eric was busy doing part time freelance studio work while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1989, at age twenty-four, Eric left the United States and moved to Japan. Eric began a freelance career working as a studio musician and clinician. Subsequently, Eric formed two bands, the EM Band and Z Force, both featuring top caliber Japanese musicians. Among his accomplishments ... Eric produced and played at the "W" Charity Concert on behalf of Francis Rocco, bassist with The Tower of Power Band. Eric has also been prominently involved in several of the Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concerts as well as a Bill Chase Tribute Concert held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 1, 2007 featuring many of CHASE former players (and again in October of 2010 as well as 2014). In preparation for the Chase Revisited Concert, Eric asked if they wanted him to play the Bill Chase parts in his own style or "note for note." In Jr. High School, Eric used the Chase albums for practice and had memorized all the parts. In St. Louis, Missouri on July 20, 2006 Eric was one of the featured trumpet players for the Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concert. Eric performed as a primary soloist along with Walter White at "The Maynard Ferguson 80th Birthday Concert" on May 4th, 2008 also held in St. Louis, Missouri (I was in attendance at this concert and Eric nailed everything with absolute authority. The Concert featured many of Maynard's alumni and it was a very fitting Tribute).

Eric has played Lead Trumpet with the various Maynard Ferguson Tribute Bands, CHASE Revisited, the Woody Herman Thundering Herd, and the Buddy Rich Big Band among others. Eric's high register and style (reminiscent of Maynard Ferguson) are very sought after, particularly in Japan where he is currently one of Tokyo, Japans most in demand and sought after freelance trumpet players. Eric is comfortable playing in all idioms. Eric is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician having designed the Yamaha YTR-8340EM Miyashiro Custom Model Bb Trumpet. Eric has also performed with the Big Bands of Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and the Count Basie Orchestra. Eric has played in bands for Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughn. Over the years, Eric Miyashiro has performed with Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder, Bill Conti, John Williams, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, The Stylistics, Tower of Power and Anita O'Day. On the Classical Trumpet side, Eric has appeared with The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Eric Miyashiro Custom Yamaha Trumpet

Eric Miyashiro's Custom Yamaha Trumpet

Eric Miyashiro plays a Custom YTR-8340EM Professional Model Yamaha Bb Trumpet that he helped Yamaha, Japan custom design. The large bore size, unique to the YTR-8340EM, enables smooth air flow and allows consistent sound throughout the range of this (Yamaha, Japan) Custom Shop professional instrument. The unique shape of the main tuning slide brace allows for a more free-blowing feel, helps the player achieve the point where the horn resonates most freely. The "French Bead" bell rim material allows for enhanced feedback to the player. The thinner bell with wider diameter creates a quicker response and powerful sound. Side-seam production enables the instrument to have more open vibrations. The top and bottom piston caps and piston stems are made of brass. All three finger hooks are O-shaped rings for better stability, and tonal quality. The light weight, hollow 3 slide stopper screw is designed to allow for a more free-blowing instrument. (I received one of these on my 46th birthday and I absolutely love this trumpet. The YTR 8340EM Professional Model Bb Yamaha Trumpet plays very free in all registers, slotting is excellent and the trumpet looks absolutely stunning.)

Eric is now performing on a series of custom mouthpieces designed by Gary Radke.

Eric Miyashiro's Advice On High Range For The Trumpet

*** NOTE: Thank you to Trumpet Player Augie Haas for permission to use the following information. ***

  • QUESTION - What equipment do you use for upper register playing and why?

  • I play on equipment I designed. It is a Yamaha YTR 8340EM and a Yamaha EM 1 mouthpiece. Over the years, I have had the great pleasure of working with many of the top manufactures, and what I found out was that there are so many ideas, concepts, theory as to how and why things works on trumpet design. It's not really important who's right, but what works for you. My take on all of this is to find a equipment that is the easiest to get your given job done.

  • QUESTION - What is the effect of the proper equipment on upper register?

  • Proper equipment, or the "right tool for the job" is a must for any type of work. I believe there is no "magic mouthpiece" or instrument that will add notes to your current range. But the "proper" equipment can make your life easier. You have to consider about the different color and timer needed to play in variety of types of situations. We need to adapt or sound according to the music, big band lead, solo, horn section, wind ensemble, symphonic, etc. It's not about just hitting the notes, but playing them to blend in the context of the music.

  • QUESTION - How does a player go about finding optimal equipment?

  • It's all very personal, just go with your gut feeling. Also it's a never ending quest, (at least it is for me) because your music is, and should be constantly evolving and changing. Don't stop experimenting and trying different equipment, it is always healthy to be open to new ideas, and it can keep your ears fresh to your over all playing.

  • QUESTION - In your opinion, approximately what percentage of high note playing is mental vs. physical?

  • 90% mental, 10% physical. In a way, upper register maybe something your are born with. One must be able to think and hear your music in the upper register. You need a certain type of personality to be in command of the extreme register. It is very demanding physically and mentally, so you need a strong persona to make things happen when you are on the chopping block. But also if you really work at it, and learn how to think in that register, there should be no reason why you can't extend your range.

  • QUESTION - What is your philosophy on breathing concerning the upper register?

  • I believe in "less is better". It is obvious that you need speed of your air, but not the volume of it. Common sense can tell you that it is easier to move a small amount of air than a larger amount. But also you must think of your lips. Air is important; sure, but you need to think about what is affecting the air column to, resonate the pitch. Lip tension, aperture, air speed, these things need to work in balance to sound the upper harmonics.

  • QUESTION - How and what do you practice to be able to play consistently in the upper register?

  • I practice a lot on piccolo trumpet. You can't muscle out things on a piccolo, so your body will learn to be more efficient. I love to play baroque trumpet solos, Vivaldi, Tellemann, Marccel, Tartini, Bach, Morzart etc, they are fun, better than etude and method books. I never practiced just the "High-Notes" never tried to see how high I could play. I always played songs and melody. Upper register playing is not a sport, it's not about making the note, you have to create music in that register that will emote your audience, you shouldn't play to "impress," but to touch them.

With his EM Band, Eric Miyashiro has produced numerous recordings such as Kick Up (2000), City of Brass (2003), Times Square (2006), Pleiades - A Tribute To Maynard Ferguson (2008) and Skydance (2010) which all may be purchased at

To contact Eric Miyashiro ... you can visit Eric's website at

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