Maynard Ferguson was a Canadian jazz trumpet player who got his first taste of fame while playing in Stan Kenton’s orchestra. He later went on to form his own band.
Maynard Ferguson was labeled as a child prodigy early on and he went on to study on a scholarship at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal from 1943-1948. After he dropped out of school at the age of fifteen, he went on tour and became well known in Canada as well as in the United States.
During his time with the Stan Kenton orchestra, Maynard Ferguson won as the Best Trumpeter from the Down Beat Reader’s Poll in 1950 through 1952. In 1953 he joined Paramount pictures to be a first call session player but he left in 1956 because he preferred live performances.
In the 1960’s, after a short-lived career with the Birdland Dream Band, he moved to India where he taught and founded the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning's Boys Brass Band. After several years, he moved to England where he designed and manufactured trumpets. He also formed a band that played Jazz/Rock fusion style which later caught on in the United States. He continued playing with success until August 23, 2006 when he died from liver failure.