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T.A.P.P.S. is an organization that aims to restore the long held tradition of a live, professional quality performance of "Taps" at the funerals of Las Vegas’ veterans. Currently, the military is only able to provide an electronic recording of "Taps" in a model trumpet.
We aim to hire the best and brightest musicians Las Vegas has to offer to honor our Vets with a great performance and remember them in a manner true to their service and sacrifice. This performance is, of course, at no cost to the fallen veterans family.
In 2013, President Larry Ransom and Secretary Gary Cordell were asked to perform a version of "Taps" known as "Echo Taps" at the funeral of Leonard Carpi, a B-29 Bomber pilot during WWII and grandfather to Mr. Ransom’s wife. So moved by the performance, members of the honor guard and Mr. Carpi’s family expressed how they wished every veteran could get such a performance.
As the year went on, Ransom, Durk and Cordell attended other services. Some had "Taps" performed by electronic bugle and others with live trumpeters. The difference was clear and so was the need to do something about it. On January 2nd, 2014 T.A.P.P.S. became a non-profit corporation in the state of Nevada and is currently operating to fulfill its mission.