We are honored to present the world renowned jazz master and virtuoso Игорь Бутман (Igor Butman) who joins us on saxophone with a performance you wo...n’t want to miss.
Board Chairman Curtis Wayne Stroud is pleased to announce the 2017 Holt County Music Hall of Fame Inductee's: Edythe Shipman, Esther Mane Haynes, "Bud" Jones, D...orothy Egbert, Mark Brandon, Donna Beesley Kunkel, Anita Kurtz, Rich Ferguson, Greg Book, The Mullen Sisters and the Group "The Gospel Tones" (Buckles Family). We had 31 Great Nominations this year. Induction Ceremony is at 7:00pm, Saturday, Nov. 25th at the Historic City Hall and Opera House in Forest City, Mo. Make plans to attend! It is free and open to the public!
So many thoughts here as I think back over my music career and this amazing honor.
I have to tell you that I have been truly blessed. Blessed in so many ways b...y the parents that didn't know what they were getting into when they bought that first Ludwig 4 piece jazz kit way back when and then shuttled me to a drum major in the south part of St. Joe, MO to help me work on my rudiments and techniques. And I have to acknowledge those around me and their "patience" as I worked to hone my skills playing along to Sandy Nelson records and Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass records, FULL BLAST. My hat is off to my mom and dad, my sisters AND my neighbors. Turns out they were all very cool people. And I appreciate all the rides to and from all these rehearsals and events in the early days.
To my music educators: 1st, my mom and dad and my sisters who taught me how to sing harmonies. There are so many wonderful memories singing with my family on the road to church, in church and on road trip vacations. Big time stage fright in churches.
2nd, my elementary and junior high band director, Alan Bing (The Music King), St. Joseph, MO. This gentleman built confidence in me like you can't believe as I challenged older drummers for first chair in Jr. High.
3rd, my high school directors including Mr. Duane Cunning (Central High School, St. Joe, MO), Mr. Riley Shank (South Holt High School, Oregon, MO), and Mr. Ward Round (Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO.) Music sight reading, street marching, parade marching, concert, jazz and stage band performances and competitions. Go big or go home.
4th, my college directors, Mr. Meredith Williams and the late Mr. Willis Harrison, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO. I recall Meredith coming to my dorm room there at Ozark one evening to audition me. I didn't have a drum kit at the time and he grabbed a hard cover book and had me play on that while I played to a recorded track or two.
5th, all the great musicians and studio personnel that I've had the great pleasure of working with for so many years.
All of these educators instilled in me the confidence to get out there and push the limits and I am so grateful for their guidance and wisdom.
And to my wife, Chris..., I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patience and your support and your encouragement after all this time, especially through those times I thought that I was just ready to call it quits. I know it was extremely difficult in the beginning and that my dedication was not where it should have been when we first started our family. You taught me what priority means. Family first. Your support, your opinions and your counsel has meant everything.
To my children, and even some of my grandchildren, your belief in me has been a huge inspiration.
Finally, to my band mates and sound & lighting support personnel, Johnnie Ferguson, Mike Shelton, Ron Snapp, Randy Jordan, Keith and Sally Carr, John Hohensee (John E Rockin'), Gene Esklund, Don Rumsey, Dan Gasser, Mike Hatcher, Robert Blessing, Greg Dirsa, Jim Bracken, Frank Keller, Bob Curtin, Jamie Hummer and many, many others..., thanks from the bottom of my heart for the memories, the adventures and the experiences. I have been blessed.
To the rest who hung in there, gave us a chance, and pushed us along and supported us over so many years, my heartfelt thanks to you for the unforgettable friendships and memories.
I believe we all have music and rhythm naturally built into our systems, pretty sure God wired that into each of us whether you can actually sing it or play it, it moves us all. The music in you should never ever die and I encourage you all to listen to the music, let it move you and above all, I encourage you to fully support your musicians and your local music educational institutions and programs.
Thank you all and may God bless.
DRUMMER/VOCALIST RICH FERGUSON TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE HOLT COUNTY MUSICIAN'S HALL OF FAME NOVEMBER 25, 2017.
The induction ceremony will take place at 7:00pm at the historic City Hall building, Forest City, Mo.
Rich grew up in Holt County, MO and is a graduate of South Holt High School, Oregon, MO. He has spent the better part of 52 years making music with various bands throughout the Oregon, St. Joseph and Kansas City, Mo areas as a drummer, vocalist and percussionist. His ...career has included five recording sessions producing five record albums in addition to a summer tour of the United States.
Throughout his career, he has been afforded the opportunity to perform with some of the most musically talented people in the business.
In July, 2017, Rich and the band RYZE retired ending a 15 year career that saw many different personnel changes and a name change over that time period.
Although music will always be within his soul, Rich is enjoying the extra time now with his wife Chris, son Derek, daughters MaKenzie and Whitney, and his eight grandchildren.
Music can change a person's attitude and make this place a better world. Keep the music alive!
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