Song Review: “SHINE/INSTRUMENT OF HOPE”

by Gregory Bernard on August 3, 2020

in Music,Virtual

SHINE ON

Broadway Records has released of a new version of “Shine,” the anthem written by Sawyer Garrity & Andrea Peña, student survivors of the Parkland tragedy, when on February 14, 2018, a 19-year-old gunman walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire, killing 17 students and faculty members. The piano ballad was originally released on iTunes with the proceeds going toward helping kids heal from the trauma through the arts.

Prior to COVID, arranger and composer Kim Scharnberg gathered sixty-six of the finest trumpet players in Los Angeles and New York City to record a new version of “Shine.” These historic recording sessions were filmed by Academy Award nominated cinematographer and director Mikael Salomon and feature legendary players Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Wayne Bergeron, Jeff Beal, Jami Dauber, Terell Stafford, Chuck Findley, Tim Hagans, Winston Byrd, Michael Leonhart and Barbara Laronga.

Used in the recording is The Instrument of Hope, a trumpet crafted of spent bullet casings for Shine MSD, Inc. a non-profit organization founded in the aftermath of the shooting, which uses the arts to promote healing and help keep the conversation about gun violence prevention on the main stage. The album cover design is by muralist Manny Oliver, father of shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, and founder of ChangeTheRef.

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