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Shuichi Bunden grew up on a flower farm in Salinas, California near the Monterey Bay Area. When his best friends joined the school band in 4th grade, he started to fool around with his father’s trumpet. After learning a few of the basics, he joined them the following year and has not been able to put it down since. Heavily influenced by the seemingly daily Kendo instruction from his grandfather and father, after literally being hit on the head hundreds of times he eventually realized how to apply the principles of molding the mind and body, diligent practice, and the desire to constantly improve to the art of trumpet playing.

Shuichi graduated with his BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000. He studied extensively with Laurie McGaw (Associate Principal of the San Francisco Symphony - ret.) and Mark Inouye (Principal of the SFS).  As principal of the University Symphony Orchestra for three years, some of the highlights include performances of Mahler’s Symphony no. 5, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2, Petrouchka, Scheherezade, and An American in Paris.  Shuichi received additional instruction from Glenn FischthalRay MaseLaurie FrinkKaren Baccaro, and Christy Dana during these years and shortly thereafter.  He credits Bob Calonico and David Milnes as being inspriring mentors he had the privilege of studying with.

In addition to classical music, jazz has played a predominant role in Shuichi's development as a musician. While at Cal, he participated in a master class led by jazz greats Jon Faddis, Slide Hampton, and Jimmy Heath. During his high school years, he performed alongside and received instruction from musicians associated with the Monterey Jazz Festival including Bill Berry, Paul Contos, Bruce Forman, and Dave Gregoric. In his senior year, Shuichi received an honorable mention at the Reno Jazz Festival for his solo during a big band performance. He credits Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown as some of his main musical influences.

Currently, Shuichi resides in Fremont, CA.  When Shuichi is not working on making his playing more efficient and musical, he likes to spend time on the golf course and take pictures of his two kids.