Professional Trumpet Player
Eddie often jokes saying, “I practice for a living and just go to the gig to pick up my check.” The joke gets a laugh from other musicians, but it also says a lot about how the “learn and share” thing works in his performance career. When Eddie practices, it’s as if he is hungrily devouring new skills and new literature (songs) so he can share those things on stage in his next performance. His appetite for new skills and new material is never satiated.
Eddie Lewis played trumpet professionally as early as 1980, in his home town of El Paso, Texas. But his trumpet career really began the day he moved to Houston in 1988. Mr. Lewis is a full time musician and hasn’t had a day job since he quit delivering pizzas for Domino’s in 1989. As a first call trumpet player in the Houston area, his performance experience spans the entire genre spectrum.
According to conventional music business wisdom, being a musical jack-of-all-trades is not supposed to be a working business model. The masses have difficulty identifying with an artist who has no clear, musical identity. But Eddie Lewis never meant to become a famous trumpet player. His musical aspirations were always just that, musical!
Therein lies the secret of his success as a trumpet performer. Musicians enjoy working with Eddie because he isn’t driven to climb the ladder of success and fame. He’s not looking to become a star. Instead, he strives for musical excellence (contrary to public opinion, they are not the same thing). Band leaders can sense that he really cares about the work they do, no matter what style of music they play. Whether he is performing pop music for a small wedding with The Grooves (out of Austin) or sharing the stage with famous jazz artists in front of tens of thousands of fans, Eddie treats every gig with the same dignity and respect. He delivers his very best work every time.
Sharing As a Trumpet Teacher
Every performance opportunity is a new experience for Eddie Lewis to share with his students. That’s part of what makes him an excellent trumpet teacher. He brings his expertise into the lesson studio and shares it with those who are as hungry to learn as he is.
But that’s not all he shares. Mr. Lewis prides himself on the fact that he is constantly researching new and different ways to teach the trumpet. He is just as hungry for new trumpet pedagogy as he is for new performance material.