‘Very thankful:’ Business owner donates new trumpet to Army Reservist after Veterans Day theft

As SSgt. Matt Miller left his hotel after walking in a Veterans Day parade, he discovered his trumpet, one of his most beloved possessions was stolen from his truck. But now, thanks to a musical instrument manufacturer, Miller is making music again.


By WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE Published: November 28, 2018

ELKHORN, Wisc. (Tribune News Service) — An Army reservist from Sun Prairie, Wisc. is making music again — just days after his beloved trumpet was stolen from his truck on Veterans Day.

As Staff Sgt. Matt Miller walked out of his Glendale hotel after walking in a Veterans Day parade, he discovered one of his most beloved possessions was gone. His truck windows were smashed, with glass laying on the ground. His vehicle was emptied.

"[I] noticed that the first thing gone was my trumpet," said Miller.

He scoured pawn shops and websites, trying to find the instrument he owned for more than 20 years — but came up empty. That's where Brett Getzen, president of Getzen Co., a musical instrument manufacturer in Elkhorn, stepped in.

"It was a very heartbreaking story to see Matt's trumpet get stolen on Veterans Day," said Getzen. "I know personally, trumpets aren't just things. There is an emotional bond to them."

At Getzen Co., Miller was able to test a brand new trumpet to take home at the facility where the instruments are made. Getzen gave Miller the first new trumpet off the company's special 80th anniversary line, which is valued at about $3,000.

"[I'm] very thankful for the offer," said Miller. "Once in a lifetime — or more than once in a lifetime — that this would happen."

Miller's parents gave him the trumpet as a gift in high school. It had been with him through everything, including his time serving in Iraq.

"All the experiences you have, the good and bad things you go through with a horn, you can't describe the sentimental value that goes along with that," explained Miller.

"Just as a way of thanking him for service. I just wanted to reach out and make sure he had another trumpet to replace that one," said Getzen.

"I didn't even want to touch it," said Miller of his new trumpet. "It looked beautiful. I don't even want to get fingerprints [on it]. It looks awesome."

"Compared to the sacrifices he's made, it's nothing," said Getzen.

Miller said he re-enlisted in the United States Army Reserve this summer for at least another four years. He said he plans to continue playing the trumpet in the Army Band.

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