The music of Erik Morales (born Dec. 10, 1966, New York City) has a unique melodic and harmonic vocabulary that appeals to audiences worldwide and has composed best-selling music for many types of genres including classical, jazz, commercial. With over one hundred and forty publications his musical works encompass a large variety of styles and settings, including works for wind, orchestral, jazz and chamber ensembles and have been part of featured performances across the globe. In addition to his published works he also is commissioned regularly by schools and organizations nationwide. A good portion of Mr. Morales’ work focuses on achieving a balance between artistic and educational literature. He studied composition at Florida International University, and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette (1989).
Mr. Morales began composing music at an early age. His composing career began shortly after graduation from high school in south Florida when his former band director offered to pay him to arrange music for the marching band (1985). This inevitably led to more arranging jobs and would open doors to the educational music publishing industry. In 2002 Mr. Morales signed an exclusive contract with the FJH Music Company for his educational wind and string works. With trumpet as his primary instrument, Mr. Morales has made a substantial contribution to the trumpet repertoire. His critically acclaimed trumpet ensembles have won numerous awards including first place performances at the 2006 and 2008 National Trumpet Competitions. His “Concerto for Trumpet in C and Piano” was premiered at the 2009 ITG (International Trumpet Guild) conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. And in 2012, a consortium commissioned work was completed for two trumpets and band (Concerto for Two Trumpets) and was premiered at the 2013 ITG conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2016 Mr. Morales was inducted into the Louisiana Association for Jazz Education’s Hall of Fame and was presented a lifetime achievement award for dedication, support, advancement and continuance of jazz education in the state of Louisiana. Mr. Morales is currently a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Jazz Education Network (JEN) and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). As a performer Mr. Morales was a finalist in the 1990 ITG solo competition which was held at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
Currently, Mr. Morales maintains an active composing and conducting schedule. Mr. Morales’ concert and orchestral works are published exclusively through The FJH Music Company, Inc. and his jazz ensemble music is published through Belwin Jazz, a division of Alfred Publishing. All of Mr. Morales’ trumpet and chamber music editions are self-published and are available exclusively through MoralesMusic.com.
EQUIPMENT: Mr. Morales plays Trumpets, Cornets and Flugelhorns by Yamaha and custom-made signature mouthpieces by Peter Pickett (PickettBrass.com). Mr. Morales’ Yamaha Chicago II B-flat trumpet was skillfully adjusted by Wayne Tanabe, senior technical manager of Yamaha Inc.