Advisory Council

Shortly after I started playing trumpet, my great-grandfather, a WWII veteran, was in hospice care. My family talked about how great it would be if I could play Taps at his funeral. Sadly, he passed away before I had the chance to learn the notes. After I’d been playing the trumpet for five years, I heard that many veterans receive a recorded playing of Taps instead of a live performance and this moved me to found the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps.

I play trumpet in the Oklahoma Homeschool Bands and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. I’m grateful to the music teachers that I’ve had over the years, including: Ms. Ashley Ray, Mr. Tom Rye, Mr. David Bellows, Mr. Ben Fast, Dr. Kyle VanderburgMr. Jay Wilkinson and Dr. Eric Garcia.

When I’m not playing my trumpet, I’m probably studying art at the Conservatory for Classical Art.

Katie Prior
Founder, Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps
Trumpet Player

There is nothing more rewarding than to serve our veterans and their families.

I joined the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps as a student member in 2015. While in high school I worked with my state representative to draft a bill allowing Illinois students to have school absences excused when playing Taps at military funerals. HB 4432 passed unanimously and was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner in August 2016.

Jack Bumann
Action Advisor, Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps
Trumpet Player

Every veteran deserves an honorable burial because what they have given our country is so valuable, and every life deserves to be celebrated.

After serving in the Air Force, I was deeply moved by a funeral I attended, and I decided to return to school at UCO to study Mortuary Science. I am currently a General Manager for Dignity Memorial West OKC.

I’m also the chairman of the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program in Oklahoma.

Todd Tramel
Project Advisor - Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps
Funeral Director, GM - Dignity Memorial - West OKC