FOXBORO - Even as a little kid in Foxboro, Matt Muirhead had the lungs.

Then, somebody put a trumpet in his hands.

Now, his lungs and talent are stopping even jaded New Yorkers on their way to and from work.

Blowing his horn in a busker band, Too Many Zooz, "Matt Doe" (Muirhead), 21, along with baritone saxophonist "Leo P." and drummer David "King of Sludge" Parks, has added a stop to the New York subway system.

The city's famously hurried and harried commuters do pause and listen to the band's driving "brasshouse" sounds - and buy its music.

A Youtube video of the band busking - slang for playing for tips - in the Union Square subway station has gone viral, drawing more than 700,000 views as of mid-April, the New York Post reported under the headline "Notes From the Underground."

The feature raved about Too Many Zooz, saying the band's "vibrant, heart-pounding tunes and impressive dance moves have turned them into the city's newest phenomenon."

The band's debut album, "F Note," has sold more than 5,000 copies ($5 download, at toomanyzooz.bandcamp.com), the Post reported.

Last week, Muirhead flew to New Orleans to play at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with The High and Mighty Brass Band.

Muirhead is a 2010 graduate of Foxboro High School, where he played under director Stephen Massey, then attended the Manhattan School of Music.

The son of Marcus and Renee Muirhead, a kindergarten teacher at the Burrell Elementary School, Matt began his trumpet career in the fifth grade at Ahern Middle School.

George Murphy was his first music teacher there, and would prove to be a big influence.

"At the first concert of the fifth-grade band, we were surprised at how good the band was with only weeks of instruction," Renee said. "Afterward, we found Mr. Murphy and congratulated him on the sound of his new musicians.

"He asked who we were and we told him we were Matt Muirhead's parents. He said, 'Man, that kid's a horn player, for sure.'

"We asked, 'Why do you say that?' He replied, 'Because he's always playing louder and faster. Not hard to hear that kid.'"

He was soon playing in the Junior Jazz Band under Murphy, and later took lessons from Tim Bowditch, Doug Olsen and Ron Christianson.

At Foxboro High, Matt played in the marching band, the concert band, and - for all four years of high school - the Jazz Band.

"Steve Massey brought his superior sense of music history, attention to detail, respect for the craft and unflagging dedication to getting it right," Renee said.

Under Massey, the Jazz Band went to the Ellington Competition in New York City three years out of four during Matt's high school career.

"He pretty much brought the house down with his rendition of 'Portrait of Louis Armstrong," Renee recalled.

Matt was also invited to play on stage with Wynton Marsalis on several occasions, and Marsalis invited him back to participate in a special program at Lincoln Center two years after high school.

In his senior year, Matt and four Jazz Band mates - Brendon Thomas, Ian Ayers, Christian Lyman and Connor Schultz - entered the Charles Mingus national competition.

Representing Foxboro High, they won first prize in the high school small group category. Later that year, Matt auditioned for the 2010 high school Grammy Band, and was chosen as the lead trumpet for that group.

In a nationally broadcast event, he appeared at the Grammy Awards with the Dave Matthews Band.

As a senior, Matt applied for admission to only three schools: The New England Conservatory, Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music.

He was accepted and offered a scholarship by all three. He chose Manhattan, believing it to be "the best choice for a degree in jazz performance," Renee said.

The summer before he left Foxboro for New York, he played in his former teacher Murphy's band, Horns in the House.

Now, it's Too Many Zooz.

"What began as a few guys making a little extra cash in the subway has turned into something much greater," he said of the band via email. "We're excited for what the future holds."

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