Frequently asked questions about the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps:

Veteran Families

Frequently asked questions from veteran families:

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Do YTTC Volunteer Players charge for their services?

YTTC members are volunteers and do not charge for their services.

What will the YTTC Volunteer Player wear to the funeral?

YTTC Volunteer Players will wear a scout uniform, JROTC uniform, or black dress clothes.

Are civilians allowed to play Taps at military funerals?

Yes. In fact, the Department of Defense says a live bugler (military or civilian) should be sought before the use of a recording is authorized.

DoDI 1300.15, October 22, 2007 states: 5.3.7. Provide a bugler, either military or civilian, for the sounding of Taps. Bugler support may be contracted or voluntary. The Military Service responsible for providing military funeral honors shall ensure that there is an active search for a bugler. If none is available, the Service representative may authorize the playing of a high quality recording of Taps on a stereo player or ceremonial bugle and shall ensure that it is available. In general, whereas a bugler sounds Taps in a prominent position, to include a member using the ceremonial bugle, sound systems should be out of sight of the funeral party.

How can I schedule to have a YTTC Volunteer Player at a funeral?

The Department of Defense Military Funeral Honors program calls for the funeral director to request honors on behalf of a veteran’s family. If a military Honor Guard bugler is not available, the funeral director can contact a YTTC Volunteer at the family’s request. If the funeral home does not have a YTTC Volunteer, funeral directors may visit our website for information on how to recruit a local student volunteer. YTTC will facilitate training and support for the student volunteer.