Matthew Ostrander, Lake Fenton Middle School eighth grade student, played his trumpet on Memorial Day for Taps Across America.
This National Moment of Remembrance encourages musicians to play “Taps” at 3 p.m. on the holiday for one minute to honor the men and women who died in military service to the United States.
He stared playing the trumpet when he was in sixth grade, and he’s in the middle school band, which is taught by Sean Spicer.
This was Matthew’s first year participating in Taps.
“He learned it this past week to honor his late great grandfather who was a member of the military and passed right before Matthew was born. He wanted to surprise my dad as an honor to his dad,” said his mother, Christina Ostrander.
They also went to Great Lakes National Cemetery, where he expected to play the song once or twice, but several families asked him to play the song at different gravesites. They stayed for a few hours.
“Everyone was so grateful. It truly was amazing to witness as his mom,” she said.
He plans to join the marching band in high school.