Erik is a native of the Mansfield area, and a graduate of Madison High School. He completed his undergraduate studies at Capital University in 1992, earning a B.A. in Commercial Music. While at Capital, he studied trumpet with Ray Eubanks, the longtime artistic director of the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (now the Columbus Jazz Orchestra). During his time at Capital he also played lead trumpet for the prize winning ‘Big Band Sound, Big Band’ under the direction of former Woody Herman trombonist/arranger, Vaughn Wiester.
When Vaughn Wiester started up a ‘professional’ band in Columbus (The “Famous Jazz Orchestra”) to perform a weekly gig, he recruited Erik to play lead trumpet for him once again. It’s a position he’s continued to hold for over 20 years now, performing every Monday night.
In addition to playing with the FJO, Erik is a busy, sought after musician who also is a regular member of The Dave Banks Big Band in the Akron area. Other performance credits include: The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra led by Buddy Morrow, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, The Artistic Jazz Orchestra, Ernie Krivda’s “Fat Tuesday Big Band”, The Rick Brunetto Big Band, The New Remnants Dance Orchestra, The O’Jays, and the “Chicago” style rock band “Direct Energy”. Erik has also enjoyed working with entertainers Toni Tennille, Marie Osmond, Bobby Vincent, Don Rickles, and Joan Rivers, among others.
Erik also plays lead trumpet for the recently formed “Mansfield Jazz Orchestra” and from time to time, will front a jazz orchestra under his own name as well.
Erik can be heard playing on The Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra’s CD recording “Live at the Bop Stop”, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s “Jazz Vespers” CD. He can also be heard on all of the Famous Jazz Orchestra’s CD recordings