Mason Fox, a rising sophomore, eagerly agreed to participate after FHS band director Kenneth L. Carrico III posted about the event, which asked buglers and trumpet players to perform “Taps” at exactly 3 p.m., Monday, May 25.
“(Carrico) put it up on the Band Facebook page,” said Mason’s mother, Tina Fox. “He didn’t say why, but it was really up to the kids to make the decision to participate or not.
“I’m so proud of Mason for doing it.”
Tina promoted Mason’s participation on her own Facebook page, then recorded it and posted as Mason went live.
She said the other FHS marching band students she knew participated included Thomas Nagy, Adam Veigth and Lee Guinn.
“He was really nervous about it, but our neighbor’s father, who is an Army veteran, heard him play and came over and thanked him, and said it made his day.
“It was very emotional once he came over,” she added. “I was crying, but I told Mason they were proud mom tears, and that is what it’s all about. It is all about respect.”