Eric Wright received his B.A. in Music from UCLA in 1979 and his M.M. in Music Performance from Rutgers University in 1992. In between, he earned an M.A. in African Studies from UCLA. He has studied, performed, and taught trumpet for more than thirty-five years. In addition to teaching trumpet at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, Eric also teaches African American Humanities at Valencia Community College and the University of Central Florida. He is a lifelong devotee of Jazz and Classical trumpet playing and cites Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Maurice Andre, William Fielder, and Adolph Herseth among his primary influences. Eric has studied privately with notable trumpet players and teachers such as Mario Guarneri, Roy Poper, Robert Duvall, Uan Racey, and William Fielder. In recent years he has undertaken extensive studies of respiratory mechanics and musical acoustics in an attempt to better understand the mechanical aspects of the art of trumpet playing and to be able to relate to his own students the wealth of knowledge that he has gleaned from his teachers.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Eric currently resides in Central Florida where he performs regularly as a jazz trumpeter with the Altamonte Jazz Ensemble. Eric has toured and performed at festivals across North America, Europe, and Australia with artists such as Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca and Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad, Teddy Edwards, Chris Calloway, Bobby Caldwell. He has also performed with classical music organizations such as the Los Angeles Opera and the Long Beach Master Chorale. He has published articles on trumpet pedagogy and jazz improvisation in the ITG Journal and is currently developing a culturally-derived approach to jazz theory and improvisation. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Eric currently resides in Central Florida where he performs regularly as a freelance jazz trumpeter with several local ensembles. In addition to his interests in Jazz and Cultural Studies, he continues to pursue practical applications from his research in musical acoustics and respiration physiology. For more information visit his website, chopsdoctor.com.