The trumpet is made using parts of brass shell casings similar to the rifle used in the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed in 2018. I also photographed details of the lead pipe which is made from the brass bodies of the shell casings. I didn’t notice that the finger buttons are made by the head and rim of the casings.
Bryan Powell of Iowa City, Iowa, a doctoral student of the University of Iowa plays a trumpet from the Instrument of Hope project during a technical rehearsal for the Revival Theatre Company’s production of “Oklahoma” at Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College in northeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The trumpet, provided by Shine MSD, is partially made from brass shell casings cut up and pieced together. The organization, made up of Parkland students and their parents whose mission is to promote healing through the arts, sends the instrument touring the country. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)