PLATTSBURGH — Calling all trumpeters!
The Instrument of Hope has been played by top trumpeters globally, and it will be at Olive Ridley's with the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Olive Ridley's is located at 37 Court St. in Plattsburgh.
“The Instrument of Hope is a trumpet that was created by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida,” Matthew Pray, Adirondack Jazz Orchestra music director, said.
“What they did after the mass shooting, they wanted to do something to spread a message of hope and healing. They actually had a trumpet built and the trumpet has been on tour the last two years.”
The one-of-a-kind, hand crafted instrument was made from bullet casings.
“It has been played by some of the greatest musicians in the world,” Pray said.
“It was played by The Who last Friday. It was played in Carnegie Hall. It has been played by world-famous trumpet players such as Bobby Shew and Wayne Bergeron.
Last May, ShineMSD, the organization of Parkland students and their parents that manages the trumpet, did a big social media campaign.
“I saw this video on Facebook about the Instrument of Hope,” Pray said.
“I applied to get this instrument in our area. The whole thing is this is a nonpolitical message that they are trying to send. They want to send message of hope and healing after this act of violence that happened several years ago. They want to keep that message alive of hope and healing in the country.”
Tensions can flare with the subject of gun control and gun violence.
“It's about hope and healing through music,” he said.
Pray is not sure how long the horn will be here.“If we have it more than a few days, we are going to do something at SUNY Plattsburgh and another thing at Moriah in Essex County,” he said.
“I'm still trying to work out the details. All the trumpet players in the Adirondack Jazz Orchestra are going to play it. We invited music educators and other trumpet players to come and play the horn."
The trumpet, to be confirmed, will be available Thursday, Oct. 3 from 4-4:45 p.m. at SUNY Plattsburgh, Myers Fine Art Building, Room 300, and possibly in another spot on campus as well.
The Instrument of Hope will be at Moriah Central School High School Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.
"They want the horn played by everybody, and they want everyone to hear it," Pray said.
"It's a pretty neat thing. We are sort of honored to bring this to our area.”
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