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.
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.