It’s hard for a trumpeter to play without his instruments.
West Kelowna musician David Forrester, a member of Vernon’s Mark Rose Big Band, had his two trumpets stolen from his 2002 black Volkswagen Passat Wagen outside of Sir Winston’s Pub on Nov. 23 while the band was meeting inside.
“I almost by habit always lock my car, but for some unknown reason, I obviously did not lock it up this time,” said Forrester. “They’re (trumpets and case) expensive, one of them I’ve had for 25 years. To make it worse my insurance doesn’t cover it.”
The two trumpets contained in a single large dark brown case are worth $2,500-$3,000. They were stolen between 9:30 and 11 p.m.
Trumpet one is a Bach Stradivarius 37C, b-flat, silver in colour, with a Yamaha 14 gold-plated mouthpiece in almost perfect shape. There is a slight tinge of silver tarnishing and a very small ding – about one-eighth of an inch – on the bell (the big part at the end).
Trumpet two is a brass-plated Getzen Fluegel horn (a shorter, fatter trumpet) with brown leather wrapping around the valve stems. The curved section near the mouthpiece shows a bit of rework done on it, i.e., not a super smooth finish. The mouthpiece is silver, and deep compared to the trumpet.
The case is a medium/dark brown hard case that contains both instruments. It’s approximately 20 inches by 10 inches by 16 inches and has dark brown felt throughout the inside.
The Bach emblem is on the front of the case and two brass latches lock it up.
There was oil and/or grease inside the case for lubrication.
The trumpet sits vertically towards the front, the bell towards the right. The fluegel horn sits horizontally in the middle/back with the bell towards the right.
The mouthpieces are on the right side of the case between the two instruments.
Anybody with any information on the stolen trumpets is asked to call the Vernon RCMP and cite file No. 2015-26003. Or you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.