Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 3:19 PM
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 Quarter 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.