Sgt. Pepper’s trumpet debuts in Vermillion on Valentine’s Day

Sgt. Pepper's trumpet debuts in Vermillion on Valentine's Day A rare, silver-plated trumpet built in 1978 as a prop for the movie Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band � now in the collections of America's Shrine to Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota � will make its public debut at 7 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 14, at a special Valentine's Day showing of the film at the Washington Street Arts Center in Vermillion.

The public is invited to attend the event. Music will be provided by Animalcule, artwork by Heidi Iverson and David Kitzler will be shown, and decadent desserts will be served.

Bell bottoms, Nehru shirts, mini-skirts, and love beads are optional!

The trumpet is seen prominently throughout the movie, which features the Bee Gees performing tunes made famous by the Beatles. The tubing of the instrument is curved in the shape of a heart and the letters, "SP" (Sgt. Pepper).

Twenty years after it was used in the movie, the trumpet was sold at an e-Bay auction and was acquired by the Shrine to Music Museum with funds donated by Allan R. Jones of Vermillion (now Brookings) in memory of his wife, Marjorie M. Jones (1944-1998).

The Valentine's Day event will be the first time the trumpet has been seen in public.

Following the filming of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band one of the two heart-shaped trumpets made for the movie by California's master trumpet maker Dominick Calicchoi left Hollywood's mythical City Hall Museum in the storybook town of Heartland, U.S.A. (located on MGM's backlot no. 2), and became the property of William Harwood. Upon his death in 1993, it was acquired by a dealer at the Brass Armadilla Antique Mall in Phoenix, AZ, who offered it for sale on e-Bay in 1998.

Despite stiff competition during the closing minutes of the auction, the museum prevailed. From that moment on, the story line of Sgt. Pepper's magical trumpet made a symbolic U-turn, culminating in the restoration of Hollywood's happily-ever-after-horn to the nation's "heartland," where it is now safely ensconced in America's Shrine to Music Museum.

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