Trumpet/American Standard Trumpet
My son is just beginning High School marching band and wanted a trumpet better than his beginner to do so. We purchased an older silver trumpet he fell in love with, complete with original case and mouthpiece. After looking it over and doing some research, I found that it is an American Standard Vocal trumpet with serial number 332. This would be an instrument made in 1919, the first year of production? It needs minor repair, but if this is a piece of history of some kind, I do not want to ruin that. Can you tell me if this is something that my son should take out onto the field at halftime or something that I should offer to a museum? Any advice or direction would be appreciated.
You've run into the same dilemma that many people do... you have a horn that is quite rare, but no one wants it, therefore it's not that valuable to the market in general. So while your American Standard, made by the HN White Company, is probably a nice horn, and your son is in love with it, putting it in a museum is probably not warranted.
As for marching band, it will depend on what the marching band does. I marched with my regular trumpet, and that was probably a mistake because I lost one of the bottom valve caps, which took me many years to replace with the exact same. Therefore, if he likes it as much as you say, I would suggest getting a different horn for marching band. If he still has his beginner horn, that would be a good choice. It's very hard to hear nuances of tone from a high school marching band, so it's likely just fine for that purpose.