The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast; Episode #19: Eric Miyashiro

Episode #19 – Eric Miyashiro

Episode #19 - Eric Miyashiro
 Welcome to the show notes for Episode #19 of The Other Side of the Bell – A Trumpet Podcast. This episode features Eric Miyashiro, international trumpet recording artist and top studio session musicians in Tokyo, Japan. Eric talks about his early years on the Buddy Rich and Woody Herman big bands as well his current projects.

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About Eric Miyashiro

Eric Miyashiro playing his Yamaha Artist Series trumpet.
Eric Miyashiro playing his Yamaha Artist Series trumpet.

Eric Miyashiro was born of Japanese parents in Honolulu Hawaii on July 13, 1963. His father was a professional trumpet player with the world-famous Royal Hawaiian Band; his mother was a professional dancer from Tokyo. Eric was highly influenced by his father and from early childhood took interest in his playing. Miyashiro began to study trumpet in early grade school and achieved a level of mastery by 8th grade sufficient for his father to give him a set of trumpets (Eb, D, and a Bb Piccolo trumpet).It gave him an early start with baroque-type high register classical trumpet parts. Today, Eric Miyashiro is an Internationally acclaimed first call trumpet player in Tokyo. His playing is characterized by a term used on his web site,”StratosphERIC”. Miyashiro is well known as a powerhouse Big Band lead player but he is also a first call classical symphonic musician. Eric is comfortable playing all idioms. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist, clinician and he helped design the Yamaha YTR-8340EM Miyashiro model trumpet.

Eric Miyashiro with the legendary Maynard Ferguson
Eric Miyashiro with the legendary Maynard Ferguson

Beginning at age 14 and through high school in Honolulu, Eric had the opportunity to play professionally with Sammy Davis, Jr., Engelbert Humperdinck (singer), The Temptations, The Four Tops, Tom Jones and Henry Mancini. When he was 18 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 he got busy doing part time freelance studio work while studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
From age 20 to 25 young Miyashiro toured on the road with several different bands, primarily as a lead player. He performed with the Big Bands of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis and the Count Basie Orchestra. He also played in back-up bands for Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughn. Over the years 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 music side, Miyashiro has appeared with The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, among others…

In 1989 at age 24, Eric Miyashiro left the United States and moved to Japan. He began a freelance career working as a studio musician and clinician. Subsequently, he formed two performing bands, the EM Band and Z Force, both featuring top caliber Japanese personnel.

Eric Miyashiro PLEIADES: A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson Album Cover
Eric Miyashiro – PLEIADES: A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson Album Cover

With his EM Band, Miyashiro has produced 5 CD albums Kick Up (2000), City of Brass (2003), Times Square (2006). Pleiades: A Tribute to Maynard Ferguson (2008), and SkyDance (2010).

Eric Miyashiro’s latest project is leading the Blue Note Tokyo All-Star Jazz Orchestra.

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