The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps


The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps is a service organization for high school and college trumpet players to use their musical gifts to serve others.

Their main project is volunteering to play Taps at veterans’ funerals to help with the shortage of military buglers. Due to this shortage, most veterans are laid to rest with a tape recording of Taps instead of a live performance. They believe that those who serve our country and fight for our freedom deserve more than just a recording.

The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps was founded by Katie Prior as her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

They strive to use their musical gifts to serve and honor those who have served our country.

Sounding Taps at veterans’ funerals
Performing Branch of Service Songs at veterans’ funerals
Performing patriotic music at Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day ceremonies
Greeting arriving and departing soldiers at the airport
Assisting with veteran organization fundraisers

Jefferson Awards Foundation
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma
Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association
Dignity Memorial
Bruce Chidester of the Branson Trumpet Ensemble

Bob & Betty Chatham
Dave & Karen Prior
Mike Doyle
Hawthorn Suites – Midwest City, Oklahoma
Sunnylane Funeral Home – Del City, Oklahoma
The Horn Trader
Larsen Music Company / Edmond Music
Penders Music

Memorial Day Ceremony | Sunnylane Cemetery – May 2014
22 Crosses Awareness | State Capitol Lawn – September 2014
OHB God & Country Concert | Midwest City – October 2014
Veteran’s Day Ceremony | VA Medical Center – November 2014
Women’s Veterans Monument Dedication | Del City – November 2014
Wreaths Across America | Sunnylane Cemetery – December 2014

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Bruce was a member of the faculty at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in Cedar Falls from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. He has performed with many well-known entertainers such as Bob Hope, Jim Nabors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Anita Bryant, Carman Cavalara, Victor Borgie, the Four Freshman, Blackstone the Magician, Bobby Vinton and John Davidson.