Photography by Surrey portrait photographer Andy Holdsworth 

 

 © 2014 by Adam Linsley

 

 

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MF Legacy Big Band

 

 

In 1969 Maynard Ferguson moved to England. That same year, Ferguson signed with CBS Records in England and formed a big band with British musicians that performed in the newly popular jazz/rock fusion style. The band's repertoire included original compositions as well as pop and rock songs rearranged into a big band format. This British band's output is represented by the four "MF Horn" albums, which included arrangements of the pop songs "Hey Jude" & MacArthur Park. 

 

When Maynard moved back to America he gifted his arrangements to a good friend. These arrangements have been in a loft until 2 years ago when a plan was hatched to resurrect them. 

 

The band was formed initially in 2013 to perform at The Butlins Brass Band festival in Skegness. The soloist was trumpet legend Chad Shoopman from USA. It was such a popular concert that it will return by request on January 17th 2015, again featuring Chard Shoopman filling Maynard's hard to fill shoes!

 

The Band has featured the following players:

 

Musical Director - Pete Wraight

 

Trumpet Soloist - Chad Shoopman

 

Trumpets - Stuart Brooks, Nathan Bray, Adam Linsley & Henry Armburg Jennings

 

Trombones - Callum Au, Trevor Mires, Andy Crompton, Adrian Fry, Mike Innes, Mark Frost & Bruce Douglas

 

Saxes - Simon Niblock, Duncan Lamont Jr., Bob McKay, Bob Sydor (who played on the MF Horn albums), Dave O'Higgins, Munch Manship & Mike Hope

 

Keyboards - James Treweek & Rick Laughlin

 

Bass - Simon Goulding & Phil Laughlin

 

Guitar - Alan Wormald

 

Drums - Kevin Campbell & Simon Pearson

 

Percussion - Pete Birkby

 

 

 

 

 

 

MF Legacy Big Band Trumpet Section L-R: Adam Linsley, Stuart Brooks, Chad Shoopman (soloist), Nathan Bray and Henry Armburg Jennings