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). 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). With his EM Band, Eric Miyashiro has produced four solo CD albums Kick Up (2000), City of Brass (2003), Times Square (2006) and Pleiades - A Tribute To Maynard Ferguson (2008) and Skydance (2010)... all may be purchased at SeeleyMusic.com
Trumpet Player Eric Miyashiro 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.
Trumpet Player 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 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. This trumpet comes with a gorgeous backpack style case that will also hold a flugelhorn as well as a custom Eric Miyashiro Yamaha trumpet mouthpiece. (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. It resonates in my hands and reminds me of the large-borge Benge I had years ago.)
Eric tells the following gig story ... My first gig with Buddy Rich was at the Holiday Inn Lynnfield Massachusetts. I got the call to join the band in my dorm room, at around 2:30 am. I had to catch a bus to Lynnfield the next morning, got to the hotel, and the band bus was late. The bus pulled over 30 minutes before the gig was to begin. I found the manager and he just gave me a band T-shirt and the lead trumpet book. I asked him, "Do you have a set list?" He just replied, "it's up to Buddy, just look over everything in the book" Well, the book had about 100 charts in it. I wanted to ask the trumpet players about the book, but they were all busy trying to get themselves ready for the gig. I had no time to warm up and just changed in to the band T-shirt, and the gig was on! I didn't even had time to say hello to Buddy as we got on the stage! I was beyond the point of panic at this point. Buddy started to play around his hi-hat, trying to decide what to play, and then he just yelled out "Tail!!!" I was like, "what???????" The rest of the band got their chart out, but I was busy looking for a chart called "Tail!" I could not find a chart called "Tail!" The 2nd trumpet player got the chart out for me, and it was "Cotton Tail." Later on, I found out that Buddy would call out charts by either the number or just part of the title, (Ya Gotta Try was "25" Wind Machine would be "17" or just "Machine" etc). After getting the chart out in the nick of time, I just happened to look at the audience and the first thing I saw was a table full of guys wearing Maynard Ferguson t-shirts. Maynard's band had just played in the area the night before and they came out to see Buddy. Alan Wise, Hoby Freeman, Steve Weist, Matt Bissonette, Matt Harris, Hue Ragin, Tim Ries, Denis Diblasio ... everybody was there! I could not see Maynard, but he was also there. I just thought, "OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!" The rest is all a blur ... I really don't remember this gig at all! The only thing I remember was as I was getting off the band stand and Buddy came up to me and said, "OK kid, just relax and play, you'll be fine!"