Parkland students made a trumpet from bullet casings to raise awareness about school shootings

Musicians around the country can request the trumpet for their own performances

Published On
Apr 25, 2019

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Three months after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students created a music video to commemorate the victims. “Shine” raised awareness and funds for organizations that promote healing through the arts, working through a nonprofit also begun by students, ShineMSD.

Now ShineMSD is taking the healing power of music on the road. Using discarded bullet casings as the raw material, the organization and Publicis New York commissioned a trumpet, the “Instrument of Hope.” Created by famed instrument maker Josh Landress in New York City, the trumpet has been on tour, passed from musician to musician across the country.

Panic! at the Disco played the instrument on their tour, as did Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Jazz trumpeters Keyon Harrold and Brian Newman took turns with it, and Parkland’s Glen Friedman used it to play the National Anthem to open an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

There is no set schedule for events that feature the trumpet. Instead, musicians can request it, each passing it on to the next. When the tour does finally end, it will go on display at ShineMSD in Parkland.

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