Bobcat students participate in playing of ‘Taps’ nationwide this Memorial Day

Taps Across America

Several Marshalltown residents took part in Monday’s “‘Taps’ Across America” musical event. Three MHS Bobcat students were among them, including Eysak Stanfield (bottom left), Lydia Hayes (middle right), and Tristan Weir (bottom right). Also pictured are community members Burt Tecklenburg (top left), Todd Metge (bottom center), and Brian Cox (top right).

Unique public health circumstances may have impacted many Memorial Day traditions earlier this week, but that didn’t stop several Bobcats from taking part in a new tradition to commemorate America’s fallen service members.

Responding to a nationwide call to “Play ‘Taps’ Across America” on Memorial Day Monday, several Marshalltown Schools students picked up their instruments and added to the chorus.

Participating students included junior Lydia Hayes. sophomore Eysak Stanfield and junior Tristan Weir. Lydia played the famous, somber tune on the flute while Eysak and Tristan employed trumpets.

“It was very exciting and there was excellent feedback,” said MHS Instrumental Music Director Brett Umthun. “One neighbor asked the student to do it again next year. They got inspired and played taps at a cemetery.”