Ennio Morricone was born in Rome in 1928. His father, Mario Morricone, was a trumpet player. He happened to be the biggest childhood influence on Ennio who wrote his first piece of music at the age of six. At 12, Morricone entered the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia where he was supervised by skilled a trumpeter Umberto Semproni and a known composer Goffredo Petrassi. During his study, Morricone frequently practiced with various jazz bands. He successfully graduated from the Conservatory with instrumentation, trumpet and composition diplomas.