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TRAVIS "TRUMPET BLACK" HILL

Travis Hill, also known as "Trumpet Black" was a New Orleans jazz musician from a long linage of renown musicians. He spent time at the youth detention center and in prison early in his life, but upon release, returned to his roots and used his music and talent to mentor teens and support nonviolence in the city. He popularized the phrase “Trumpets Not Guns” through a song released in 2015.  Travis Hill died tragically at the age of 28. His mother and relatives continue to carry on his legacy by actively staying involved in the schools that bear his name.

Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill

“This trumpet is my life. It's 'bout the only thing I do right. It's my ticket to the world."