Ernest Melton was born in Goldsboro, NC. He relocated to Kansas City, MO (his mother's hometown) at age 10. He picked up
the sax that same year when he was enrolled in Longfellow Academy. Bored with the classical curriculum of that institution.
Ernest studied more contemporary genres of music and the guitar until the age of 14 when he joined his first jazz program
through the American Jazz Museum. By then he was playing mostly tenor sax. He joined his jazz band at Lincoln High School
and many other programs around Kansas City. Naturally excelling, he left school at age 16 to practice on his own