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I would like to echo Kim's words about Steve Wiest. Steve worked almost daily for over 4 months to make this deal happen, and it
wouldn't have happened without him. Thanks, Steve! I would also like to thank the Ferguson family for wanting to do the right thing. This deal was about
everyone working together for what was best for Maynard's legacy, and for jazz history. I'm sure the Ferguson family turned down better offers
monetarily, and they wanted to know that the MF collection would be used in the best way possible. So, thank you to the Ferguson family as well.
The Mf collection of memorabilia will be owned solely by a foundation, not by an individual. It will not be sold, and will be used in a
non-profit museum for jazz education and preservation. We will be working with the city of Denton to maintain the museum. Several interested
parties are forming a non-profit corporation in Denton to help with the funding of the museum, however, our foundation will provide the building and the
memorabilia. Again, it will be group effort which is what jazz needs for projects like this. Anyone will be able to donate to this non-profit organization as
soon as it gets set up.
Another aspect of this deal is to find a suitable building in Denton. We already had a building ready to go about 40 miles from Denton (in
Sherman), but part of this deal was that the museum be in Denton. So, it will take some time to get a Denton location that works for our purposes. Denton is a
better location, but it will delay our time table a bit.
Steve and I are looking at this thing as being the start, not the end of a project. We would like acquire other memorabilia from
Maynard's earlier career to go with these estate items to make it an even better collection of MF items--all in one place for people to see. And, they will
all be owned by a foundation to be passed down to the next generation, not by individuals who might be tempted to sell the items, possibly out of the
Finally, the MF collection will always belong to Maynard. We are only the stewards of his estate, and we want to pass it down to the next
generation just as we received it. As a profession trumpet player for 35 years, no one appreciates Maynard more than I do. The next generation needs to hear
what we heard. There will not be another Maynard Ferguson coming along, ever. This project is worth all of us working together on. This is all about jazz
education and preservation. Thanks again to Steve and the Ferguson family for getting us started.
All the best,
Bill Collins III
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Aug 20 08 9:19 PM
The perfect place! Okay, When is the museum opening so I can plan the road trip!
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BTW where in Texas is UNT?
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Aug 21 08 10:16 AM
(08/06/08 09:24 AM)
This is just a prediction based on info - call it a rumor if you want- that I just received.
A Deal Has Been, Or Is being Made At This Time!
If this info is good ..... It will all be going to one location.
I am not at liberty to say where. And, even if I were, I wouldn't out of respect for Maynard, his family, and the individuals involved.
It's their job to take care of those things when they happen.
I hope we hear an announcement in the near future.
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