Eric Murphy hails from Lanark, Illinois. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. During his undergraduate studies, Eric participated in many ensembles, including the Castle Brass Quintet, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Symphony Orchestra, and numerous chamber ensembles. Eric received his Master of Music in Classical Performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he participated in many ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Large Jazz Ensemble, and various chamber groups. His principal instructors include Gene Pokorny, Charlie Schuchat, Dr. Stephanie Frye and Dr. Mike Forbes. Eric can be heard in the Sterling Municipal Symphony Band, the Dixon Municipal Band, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, the Rock River Jazz Band, Ain’t Misbehavin’, the award winning Basin Street Boys (founding member), and the Temporal Brass Quintet (founding member). He was also a part of the “Reagan of Illinois” project, where he participated in the Dixon Municipal Reagan Band, and can be heard on the CD and DVD of the performance. Eric has performed with many professional ensembles in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, and among his favorite performances is the opportunity he had to perform for a silent film as part of the Dubuque Film Festival. When he isn’t playing his tuba he can be found in the shop, repairing band instruments with Lee Stofer Music Inc.