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Touring trumpet memorializing Parkland shooting victims in Cedar Rapids this week

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) – The Instrument of Hope, a trumpet made partly of bullet casings which honors the 17 victims of the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, is in Cedar Rapids for three nights this week.

Surviving families of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School created the trumpet in the wake of the tragedy. The trumpet is touring the country, “promoting healing through the arts.”

A trumpeter will play the instrument at the closing of Revival Theatre Company’s production of “Oklahoma!” Thursday through Saturday night at Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus.

“It brings attention to a tragedy that can now be turned into something positive,” musical director Cameron Sullenberger said. “Music can be therapeutic, it can also unify people.”

The trumpet was also played on Broadway in another rendition of “Oklahoma!” To learn more about the instrument, visit its website here.



Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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