Frequently asked questions about the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps:

Funeral Directors

Frequently asked questions from funeral directors:

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Are Volunteer Players available on weekdays?

Some states provide educational code excusing students’ absences when participating in a Military Honors funeral. If your state/school district does not allow students to get excused, contact us for information on how to work on getting this exemption in your state.

The following states have educational code providing excused absences for participation in Military Honors funerals:

Texas Education Code § 25.087(b-4)(2)(c) A school district may excuse a student in grades 6 through 12 for the purpose of sounding “Taps” at a military honors funeral held in this state for a deceased veteran.

Oklahoma State Dept. of Education [70 O.S. § 10-105(B)] A school district shall excuse a student from attending school for the purpose of participating in a military funeral honors ceremony upon approval of the school principal. (Senate Bill 1715)

West Virginia Board of Education Policy 6302 – Taps at Military Funerals, 6302.4.4 Absences incurred through participation in the sounding of Taps shall be considered an excused absence as a school approved cocurricular/extra- curricular activity. (WVEIS Code X-1)

Wisconsin Board of Education 430-Rule (2)  Students in grades 6 to 12 will be excused for the purpose of sounding “Taps” during a military honors funeral for a deceased veteran.

Illinois Statutes 105 ILCS 5/26-1 7. A child in any of grades 6 through 12 absent from a public school on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day for the purpose of sounding “Taps” at a military honors funeral held in this State for a deceased veteran…” Click here to see full text and requirements.

How do I find YTTC Volunteer Players to work with my funeral home?

Contact us to let us know that you’re interested in working with a YTTC Volunteer Player. We will provide you with information on how to recruit local volunteers. After the volunteers have registered with YTTC, we will provide training and support.

How do I know if a YTTC Volunteer Player will be able to play Taps?

Volunteer Players will receive certification from their high school band director that they can play a quality Taps from memory.

You may ask YTTC Volunteers to audition for you. You may also ask volunteers to play when you call to book them for a funeral.

Another great way to build a working relationship with our volunteers is to invite them to play the National Anthem or branch of service songs at church funerals or other events.

Do YTTC Volunteer Players charge for their services?

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

What type of training do YTTC Volunteer Players receive?

YTTC Volunteer Players may attend a training workshop or view our online training videos. Our trainings cover topics including: history of Taps, funeral etiquette, and playing technique.

How will I know if a YTTC Volunteer Player will likely be available?

Don’t hesitate to contact players regularly to update their availability. If you want to recruit new players, contact us for a band director letter to send to your local high school.

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 do I book a YTTC Volunteer Player for a funeral?

Funeral directors book volunteers directly.

If you have not been contacted by a YTTC Volunteer Player, contact us for information on how to recruit a local student volunteer. YTTC will facilitate training and support for the student volunteer.