On Veterans Day, our CVCS middle and high school band students in grades
7-12 will be participating in the first annual “Taps Across The Valley.” This is a
chance for students to use their talents in service to others in their
community. Bands from schools across the county were invited to participate
as well, making our event part of “Taps Across Chautauqua.” Band students
from Jamestown Public Schools, Chautauqua Lake Central, and Brocton will
also be participating in the event.
At 11AM on November 11th, the CVCS band students will sound Taps outside
their homes, wearing their band uniform of white polo shirt and black or
khaki pants, with a jacket if it is cold. They were told that if weather prevents
them from playing at 11AM, they should play as soon as the weather clears. A
“neighbor invitation” has been distributed for the students to fill out and give
to their neighbors on November 9th or 10th so that they may listen and honor
our servicemen and women by acknowledging the sounding of Taps.
Neighbors are encouraged not to gather as a crowd but rather listen from
outside their own house.
Nicole Zenns, instrumental music teacher at CVCS, prepared her students for
this event by viewing and discussing a video about the recent “Taps Across
America” movement, which came to pass during the pandemic as a way to
honor service members on Memorial Day in 2020, when there were no public
gatherings. Some Cassadaga Valley students participated in the 2020 event
from home along with Mrs. Zenns, and they received a patch from the
National “Taps Across America'' organization for their participation. In
preparation for this year’s event, students were also shown a video of Taps
being sounded at Arlington National Cemetery in summer and winter. The
students have been rehearsing Taps in band class for the past 2 weeks in
preparation for the event, and many have memorized it in preparation for the
event. Mrs. Zenns and the other band directors involved are hopeful that this
event will help instill in our young people a sense of honor and gratitude for
the sacrifices of our armed forces.