Trumpet auction to benefit 'Satchmo' music fest

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trumpet-maker Jason

Harrelson says he's donating one of the best trumpets he's ever made to

benefit a festival

honoring the artist who sparked his passion for the instrument —

Louis Armstrong.

Harrelson's specially made brass "Satchmo" trumpet has a fleur-de-lis mouthpiece and transcription of the musical score for

Armstrong's trumpet solo in the song "A Kiss to Build a Dream On." It also has a tuning slide mounted with a small replica

of a New Orleans water meter cover.

The trumpet hits the auction block Saturday

with proceeds benefiting Satchmo Summerfest, the free three-day French


festival held each year in August. Harrelson, Louisiana native,

now lives in New Brighton, Minn. His custom instruments often

sell for between $10,000 and $15,000. There is no minimum bid for

the "Satchmo' trumpet.