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NMM Live! Presents 'Sound the Trumpets' on Nov. 9

Vermillion, S.D. – The National Music Museum (NMM) will host a concert with international trumpet artist Vince DiMartino and John Foster, Australian trumpet virtuoso, Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. The duo will bring their internationally toured “Sound the Trumpets” show to the University of South Dakota’s Farber Hall, located inside Old Main.

Though the museum’s doors are now closed in preparation for the upcoming architectural expansion, the beat goes on in Vermillion with the museum’s NMM Live! music series, held off-site during the interim.

A musical journey through time, “Sound the Trumpets,” will showcase more than 25 historical trumpets and related instruments from pre-history through the instruments of today (and much in between). The program is a fast-paced, humorous, vibrant tour of all styles of brass music -- from Monteverdi to Haydn, Mozart, Kreutzer, Rodrigo, Morricone, Mendez, Ellington, Armstrong and more. The musical survey is complemented by a projection screen, offering compelling imagery, video and narrative throughout.

DiMartino and Foster will be accompanied by collaborative piano artist Robert Jeter as well as special guest performers.

“I have always thought of musical compositions as plays in which I get to play one or more characters,” DiMartino said. “Helping John and I ‘play’ these characters are some of the rarest instruments in the world. John and I have been collecting for decades and have hundreds of cornets and trumpets from all over. The ‘Sound the Trumpets’ is our opportunity to present many vignettes of what we get to do for a lifetime.”

After the concert, audience members have the opportunity to view the instruments up close. Some of the rare instruments include an original English Slide Trumpet (Harris, circa 1740, converted early 19th century) and an original patented Shaw Disc-Valve Cornopean (circa 1845).

General admission is $7 per person. Free to NMM Members, as well as USD staff and students.


The National Music Museum (NMM) located on the campus of the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, is one of the world’s finest collection of musical instruments, with 15,000 items in its holdings and 1,200 currently on public display. The NMM owns some of the most historically significant musical instruments in existence. Founded in 1973, The National Music Museum Inc. is a non-profit entity in partnership with USD. The Museum will close to the public in October 2018 while it undergoes architectural expansion and renovation; slated to break ground in 2019.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News