PITTSBURG — The red kettles of the Salvation Army are generally associated with ringing bells, but patrons at Pittsburg’s Walmart Supercenter Wednesday heard a different sound.

Jim Harris posted up next to a red kettle outside the north doors at the Walmart Supercenter and played holiday favorites on the trombone and flugelhorn. Harris has lived in Pittsburg all his life, and been volunteering with the Salvation Army for over 20. He said he’s always brought his music with him.

“I play tuba, trombone and flugelhorn,” Harris said. “When I’m inside at a place like Ron’s Supermarket, I sometimes play guitar, hammer dulcimer or recorder as well.”

Harris is a man of many instruments, and learned these talents as part of his profession. While he lives in Pittsburg, he teaches music at St. Paul schools.

He’s volunteered with Salvation Army for so long because he loves to give back, Harris said. He sees it as a way to help those in need during the holiday season.

And music just increases the experience.

“I’ve always wanted to do whatever I can to help people,” Harris said. “I have a talent for music, so it’s a great way to spread a little cheer, and encourage people to open up their pocket books and give.”

While Harris went back to playing Christmas favorites, a familiar face came out with a cart of groceries, donated some change and said hello. The two chatted for a while before going on their way.

“That’s another reason I do this,” Harris said.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.