10th grade trumpeter Katie Prior honored at White House
Katie Prior, ITG member and tenth grade trumpet player from Oklahoma was recently honored at the White House for founding the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps, a service organization for high school trumpet players who sound taps at military funerals.
On September 15, 2015, the White House honored 11 young women as Champions of Change who have done innovative, educational, and constructive things to empower their communities. Katie Prior was chosen from over 1,000 nominations from across the country. Katie initially started her program as a Girl Scout Gold Award project but has since grown the organization into a 501c3 non-profit and trained volunteers in 6 states. Her organization has a mission to train, support, support and recognize high school trumpet players who use their musical gifts to honor military veterans at funerals and community events. YTTC volunteers are eligible to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their volunteer work as well as scholarship opportunities, scholarship recommendation letters and tuition vouchers in states where the program is available. Katie studies music at Infinity Music Arts Academy and is a trumpet player with Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and Oklahoma Homeschool Bands.
Source: Katie Prior, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Photo: Karen Prior