Sherman Jazz Museum hits all the right notes

By: Katie Solomon Email
By: Katie Solomon Email

SHERMAN, TX -- It started as a record collection and developed into a historical museum that sits in the heart of Sherman.

"One thing led to another and we started collecting memorabilia to go along with them," says owner, Bill Collins.

Bill Collins, founder of The Sherman Jazz Museum, is no stranger to jazz.

After a 30-year career as a musician in the Dallas area, Collins brought his love right here to Texoma.

"It just doesn't get old to me," says Collins.

The museum is home to trumpets from greats like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Harry James.

It also features the entire estate of Maynard Ferguson and some of Ella Fitzgerald's accessories.

The museum is open on Saturdays but Collins says they will make an exception for all the jazz fans.

"If somebody is coming in from out of town, if they will let us know in advance, we will come up here and have a private showing for them," says Collins.

And this is not only a historical museum, last February the annual Mardi Gras celebration in Sherman was held here.

And when jazz artists come into town, clinics are held at the museum.

But even if you don't know a lot about the genre of music, Collins says they can show you the notes that just might tug at your heart strings.

"We can play examples of all this music in here, just listen to some examples of the jazz and you can figure out what you like," says Collins.


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