player and conductor Esko Heikkinen (born 1953) started playing
the trumpet in the Outokumpu Wind Orchestra and as a young lad was
doing gigs with his father's dance band. In 1970 he began his
professional career as a bandman in the Kontioranta Garrison Band and
was the principal trumpeter for the Guards Band between 1975-83.
Heikkinen became a member of UMO Jazz-Orchestra. Since 1990 he
has had his own brass ensemble Super Brass. He currently conducts the
Helsinki Fire Brigade Band and teaches the trumpet at the
Sibelius-Academy's jazz department. Esko Heikkinen was awarded the
prestigious Yrjö -prize of jazz music.