Q&A With Microgrant Recipient Katie


Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Katie, who recruits and trains high school trumpet players to play Taps at military veterans funerals.

1. How did you become involved with Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps?

I founded the Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps for my Girl Scout Gold Award project in 2014. Since earning my Gold Award, I decided to take the project nationwide and get high school trumpet players across the country to join me in honoring our nation’s heroes.

2. Why is your work important to you?

When I started playing trumpet, my great grandfather, a World War II Army veteran, was in hospice care. My family talked about how great it would be if I could sound Taps at his funeral. However, he passed away before I chance to learn the notes. Years later, when I was a better trumpet player, I heard that most veterans receive an audio recording of Taps because there are not enough military buglers to meet the demands of an average of 1500 veteran funerals per day. I decided I could do something about this, since I am a trumpet player and many of my friends are also trumpet players. For people who have given so much for our country and its citizens, the least we can do is give them a final tribute of live Taps.

3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?

The money I received from Karma for Cara paid for supplies that enabled me to hold an out-of-state Taps Workshop in Milwaukee where 9 students from across Wisconsin were trained. The grant money provided T-shirts for the students to wear at community events, and plastic mouthpieces to be used at winter funerals. Without the brochures I purchased with a portion of the grant money, I would not have been able to train as many students and get as much promotion as I did.

4. What message of giving back do you have for others?

I believe we should all use our own gifts to serve other people. Whether those gifts are monetary, skill-oriented, or socially-oriented, there are always opportunities to give back to our communities.