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WADA addresses gun violence with ‘Harmony and Discourse’

Bill DeYoung



Crafted in 2020, the Instrument of Hope includes bullet casings. Facebook photo.

Friday in the Warehouse Arts District, Tampa’s Dwayne White will perform on the Instrument of Hope, a trumpet made partially from bullet casings in the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school shootings.

Since 2020 the Instrument of Hope travels the country, as part of a movement to keep the conversation about ending gun violence at the forefront.

Friday’s event – “Jazz and Politics: Harmony & Discourse” – begins at 6:30 p.m. at Seven C Music, which is adjacent to the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) Artsxchange campus, at 535 22nd St S.:

The first hour will consist of a panel discussion, with moderator Kim Scharnberg, a noted composer and arranger who has compiled testimonies from former students and survivors; St. Petersburg city councilmember John Muhammed; Florida Rep. Lindsay Cross; Tara Newsom, director of St. Pete College’s Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement; Professors Kirsten England and Erin Carlin, both of whom conduct research and outreach on the subject of mass shooting incidents; and Maress Scott, who lost his son to gun violence.

From 7:30 until 9 p.m. musicians from the Al Downing Jazz Association – including Dwayne White – will play on the outdoor Artsxchange stage.

Tickets, and additional information, are available here.



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