The National Music Museum, on the campus of the University of South Dakota, is pleased to offer an entertaining interpretation of the history of the trumpet at its popular Friday noon-hour Brown Bag Lunch Program on March 30. The program is free and open to the public.
David Shaner, retired professor of trumpet at Colorado State University (Fort Collins) and principal trumpet with the Cheyenne (Wyoming) Symphony, delights audiences with "Trumpets Now & Then: A Humorous Look at Trumpets Through the Ages." Wearing appropriate period costumes while playing replicas of a variety of early trumpets from his personal collection, Shaner traces the history of the trumpet in its many forms, from conch shells and animal horns used for signaling and religious ceremonies, to the modern valve trumpet used for orchestral work, chamber music, and in the performance of jazz. In the spirit of April Fool's Day, Shaner will share not only an historical, but one might also say an hysterical side of the amazing history of the trumpet.