“Taps Across Webster Lake” A Unique Musical Experience – InkFreeNews.com

“Taps Across Webster Lake,” began with a trumpet quartet performance. Left to right are Stacy Farber, Matt Murdock, Dave Wisler and Joel Matthews. Later the musicians performed Taps, the military funeral call, from various points around the cascading lake. InkFreeNews photos by David Hazledine.

By David Hazledine
InkFreeNews

NORTH WEBSTER – Trumpeters led by Matt Murdock and North Webster American Legion Post 253 color guard gathered at North Webster Town Park on Sunday, May 29 for “Taps Across Webster Lake,” a unique performance of the bugle call traditional played at military funerals, featuring several musicians cascading from different points around the lake.

The event began with brief speeches from Landon Porter, speaking on behalf of US Congressman Jim Banks, and Larry Burkhart, Commander of the American Legion’s Second District.

“When freedom needed a savior, American soldiers were there,” said Porter, who went on to note that while Memorial Day is known for barbecues and days off, it’s “so much more.” , it is rather a moment to reflect on the fact that “all gave, some gave everything” and “so that their sacrifice would not be in vain”.

Burkhart read a poem written from the perspective of an American soldier, one of those who “stood in our place” so that we could “live in a free country”.

Organizer Matt Murdock was first encouraged to play Taps as a young teenager on Memorial Day in 1977 by his father, a Korean War veteran, and he remembered seeing the tears in the eyes of veterans, many of whom were still very close to their experiences in Vietnam. He said he realized: “It wasn’t about me… It was about every single person who served.”

“Taps Across America” ​​was launched by CBS in 2020, when more than 4,300 musicians across the country performed at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. Murdock has since started hosting events on local lakes, including Lake Wawasee, where another performance took place at dusk.

Murdock also speaks in schools about the history and importance of Taps, which was derived from an old Civil War bugler “tattoo” by Union General Daniel Butterfield. It was originally used to signal “lights out” at the end of the day.

According to Murdock, the experience of playing taps with other cascading musicians mimics the ebb and flow of water on the lake. He explained that he played slowly, “with ‘reverence,’ so he could hear the other performers and ‘absorb it all as well.’ The experience, he said, “makes your hair stand on end.”

One observer noted that the performance’s call-and-response effect made the melody seem like it “had no beginning or end”.

After the ceremony, a picnic was held at Town Park and donations were accepted for disabled veterans.

Speakers at the “Taps Across Webster Lake” event were Landon Porter, left, speaking on behalf of US Congressman Jim Banks, and American Legion Second District Commander Larry Burkhart.

The North Webster American Legion Post 253 color guard fired volleys before the execution of Taps.

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