Collinsville, Oklahoma
March 28, 2016
Taps For Veterans
Dylan Bowlin Training To Play Taps
At Veterans Funerals
Military Bugler Not Always Available

Collinsville Middle School Student
Trains to Play Taps for Veterans

Dylan Bowlin, an 8th grader at Collinsville Middle School, participated in the recent Taps for Veterans training held in Tulsa on Saturday, March 26, 2016, spearheaded by the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps.

Veteran families may now request the organization’s services for a live playing of Taps during a loved one’s funeral. The training in Tulsa helped the students to learn more about their roles as members of the final honors team and gave them an opportunity to practice playing Taps alongside the VFW District 5 Honor Guard from VFW Post 7977 in Skiatook.

The YTTC event was made possible with the help and support of the VFW District 5 Honor Guard, the City of Tulsa, US Cellular, and Ultra Thin Ribbons.

The main goal of YTTC’s training is to encourage high school students to volunteer and honor veterans in their local community. Student Taps players are the organization’s solution to the increasing trend of many veterans receiving an audio recording of Taps if a military bugler is not available. Volunteers also accept invitations to play patriotic music at community events honoring veterans. Last year volunteers across Oklahoma performed at 42 community events.

"It’s an honor to participate in the celebration of the lives of veterans who helped make our country what it is today," said Katie Prior, Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps Founder.

The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps was founded by Katie Prior - a tenth grader herself - after she discovered that many veterans receive an audio recording of Taps instead of a live performance. Katie earned her Girl Scout Gold Award for the project and has since expanded the program to 16 states across the country. Katie was honored at the White House in September as a Champion of Change for being a young women who is empowering her community.

With the spirit of volunteerism, student volunteers will be eligible to earn $25 tuition cards or each funeral served thanks to a donation from LeadingAgile.

For more information on the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps, visit or

About the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps
Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps Association is a service organization dedicated to honoring military veterans and is operated by high school trumpet players volunteering to use their musical gifts. The organization is based in Oklahoma and has a mission to train, support, and recognize high school trumpet players who volunteer and also to foster patriotism in youth through volunteerism.

Photos: by Dave Prior on Location at Tulsa Centennial Park and Oaklawn Cemetery, Tulsa

Media Contact: Katie Prior (725) 222-9882

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