To all the friends and fans of Maynard Ferguson,
First of all I want to thank all of you for your kind words
since my father's passing. We all share a great loss, but
with time the sadness will fade and we will be left with
wonderful memories. I received many heartfelt emails and
letters from people who believe that Maynard's music changed
their lives, that he inspired them, that his overwhelming
joy of performing and love of life rubbed off on them, that
his mantra of "Music has to be fun", was proven
at every show and clinic. Maynard and the people who love
him are proof that music matters. That said, I would like
to ask everyone who would like to, to please write their
Maynard experience and email it to me. My goal is to create
a powerful document/Book that proves the power and importance
of music education. Maybe it will also help get Maynard
a lifetime achievement award; maybe it will just be a beautiful
testament to a wonderful human being who we were lucky to
know. When it is put together/published I will let you all
know. --Love Wilder Ferguson-Jacob
Note: There is one thing that I wish I had thought
to ask about before. I would like to have a photo to go
with each story. If each story had a photo with it that
was taken the night the story was about, then we would truly
capture the life of Maynard. It would also be great to have
more photos of Maynard backstage laughing and interacting
with fans and band members.
The project might be put in chronological order, thus demonstrating
that even though Maynard is old in the last part of the
book, he was still giving 100%.
If you didn't take a photo that night, please make sure
I have the date and maybe even venue. Then I could try to
find a photo from about that time. Your photo would be nicer
Many people mentioned that their father took them to their
first Maynard concert and so if you had a photo of all of
you, you, your father and MF, that would be a great photo.
Please give me permission to use the photo and send it
in high resolution. The photo can be sent to email@example.com.
Update August 2009: As you might expect it turned
out to be a bit overwhelming to take on this project so
soon after my fathers passing, so I set the project
aside for a while. Now I have started the project again
and re-read all the stories that I already have. Wow! You
guys are all fantastic and I am so grateful for your help.
I received letters from doctors, lawyers, firemen, soldiers,
teachers, musicians, computer techs and the list goes on.
The project still needs more stories though, and I hope
that if you havent already written one, you will contribute
your story and photos to the collection.
PS Please do not contribute a story and then post
it on the web, I know that sounds a little unfair, but if
you do then the collection will turn out to be a bunch or
stories that everyone has already read.
How has music affected your life in a positive way,
using your Maynard experience(s) as an example?
Your name (first name or full name):
Your E-mail address:
(Profession is important because it proves how music
crosses all boundaries.)