Mike Herriott began playing the trumpet at six years of age. Born in England and raised in Newfoundland by musical parents, he won numerous regional and national awards throughout his formative years as a musician. By the time Mike was eleven, he was already performing for large audiences and recording for CBC radio and television.
Now an accomplished and respected musician in both the classical and jazz genres, Mike is also widely recognized as a multi-instrumentalist. Living on Canada's West Coast, he is much in demand on trumpet, trombone, and bass, both on stage and in the studio. A musician of great versatility and ability, Mike has shared the stage with some of the world's finest musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Phil Nimmons, Tommy Banks, Hugh Fraser, Chucho Valdes, Kenny Wheeler, Rob McConnell, and Ian McDougall.
Among the many recordings he has appeared on are his own Mike Herriott Quintet 1995 release, Free At Last, the Mike Herriott Quartet 2001 release, A Piece of the Action, both on Boathouse Records, and his most recent Mike Herriott Sextet 2004 release, Unto the Breach…, on Roadhouse Records. He is heard regularly on CBC with his own bands and such groups as Hugh Fraser and VEJI, and Vancouver’s Orquesta Goma Dura.
In 2000 Mike put all of these experiences together in a symphonic pops show entitled, "The Trumpet Shall Sound". This entertaining journey through 300 years of trumpet music explores the musical worlds of Handel, Haydn, and Hummel as well as those of Dizzy, Miles, and Maynard. Utilizing his talents on the Bb Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Eb Trumpet, and Piccolo Trumpet, Herriott has performed the show as guest soloist with a number of Canadian orchestras.
A strong believer in the value of music education, Mike is on the faculties of the Courtenay Youth Music Centre Instrumental and Jazz summer programs and is also trumpet clinician for the Banff Jazz Orchestra Workshop. He has also presented master-classes and clinics at universities, colleges, and secondary schools across Canada.
Mike Herriott is a Yamaha Artist/Clinician and performs exclusively on Yamaha Trumpets, Flugelhorns, and Trombones.