Due to a shortage of military buglers, an audio recording of the simple 24-note tune is often played at veteran funerals.
So Katie Prior, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, founded the Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps organization to help bring high school musicians to funerals when a professional military bugler is not available.
The teen was inspired to learn taps after her great-grandfather, a World War II veteran, passed away. When she was unable to master the notes in time for his funeral, an audio recording was played instead.
Her non-profit now has a team of 45 volunteers in six different states who help train high school students to play taps and other patriotic songs. She hopes one day to have a volunteer taps player in every state.
"Anyone can use their gifts to serve their communites or those around them," she said in a video about her organization. "It's an amazing opportunity to be able to do something to love and still be able to serve other people."
The high schooler was recently awarded $10,000 by U.S. Cellular’s Future of Good Campaign to help the teen train and send trumpet players to perform at military events. They also donated new bugles to Katie’s organization.