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 Vanderburg, Mr. Jay Wilkinson and Dr. Eric Garcia.Katie Prior
Founder, Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps