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In 1960 A tuba player named Ray Wright told me there was a
trumpet player playing at the Blue Note in Detroit.
I couldn't get in, too young 13 years old, but that began
the love affair with his sound. I think the first album I bought
was Come Blow Your Horn.

Up to that time I had never heard a player play above a high D.
I was working on on Ab above the staff.
I had never heard a sound so thick and rich.
So flexible, and above all was musicianship that s
urpassed what I believed possible.

To say Maynard was my trumpet idol is an understatement.
My first trumpet was a Constellation.
From that beginning a seed was planted in this Hoosier.
 I have still to hear a player like Maynard.
No one comes close!!!

Thank you Maynard Ferguson