Taps at the Tower

June 20-26, 2021 at Sunset

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Taps, a musical piece sounded at dusk and at funerals, has a rich and storied history in the United States. It has long been associated with the U.S. Military, and is often played at civilian events around the country.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial presents the eighth annual Taps at the Tower each evening at sunset (8:45 p.m.) from Sunday, June 20 – Saturday, June 26, 2021.

People are invited to come and use the grounds each evening, have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors. At sunset, people will gather at the Liberty Memorial Tower to experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony. The event will occur rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Paul Sunderland Bridge inside the Museum and Memorial.

Schedule of performers (subject to change)

Sunday, June 20:

8:45 p.m. Taps at the Tower

Monday, June 21:

Make Music Kansas City, a wild and wonderful mix of free musical events, will make its debut on Monday, June 21. Make Music Day is a celebration of music held around the world on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. This year, Make Music will be happening city-wide for the first time in Kansas City, organized by KCMO Parks and Recreation. List of all Make Music Kansas City events.

2 p.m.-2:15 p.m. LIVESTREAMED Jazz Concert at the Top of the Tower

  • One of the most unique performances of Make Music KC, and perhaps the world, will take place 217 feet above Kansas City at the top of the Liberty Memorial Tower! Local musician Desmond Mason will be playing a portable Casio CT-S200 keyboard in a livestreamed concert at 2 p.m. on the Make Music KC Facebook page.
  • Desmond is a UMKC graduate, a regular musician at Kansas City Jazz clubs, a charting music producer, and a member of the Historic Mutual Musicians Foundation.

7:30 p.m. Folk in the Flow

  • In celebration of Make Music Kansas City, Folk in the Flow will perform a free concert in front of the Exhibit Hall prior to Taps at the Tower. Songwriters Buck Brandt and Holly Taylor are dedicated to creating and performing music that makes an impact. From fun and lighthearted tunes to deep and soulful songs, the gift of music helps us connect to the flow of life. As lifelong artists their multi-genre and multi-instrumental roots run deep. They are keepers of the stories of life, and music is their undeniable response.

8:45 p.m. Taps at the Tower

Tuesday, June 22

8:45 p.m. Taps at the Tower

Wednesday, June 23

Around 8:15 p.m. Bagpipe and drum performance

8:45 p.m. Taps at the Tower

Thursday, June 24

8:45 p.m. Taps at the Tower

Friday, June 25

7 p.m. Kansas City Symphony Concert

  • Symphony musicians bring their performance, from familiar classics to uplifting modern works, on the Mobile Music Box stage to the grounds of the Museum and Memorial.

8:45 p.m. Taps at the Tower

Saturday, June 26

5 p.m. Jazz on the Lawn featuring Grand Marquis

  • Channel the summery beachside spirit of America’s First Flapper with the hottest Jazz band in town! Raise a glass in support of the National WWI Museum and Memorial while you picnic in style on our historic lawn – in view of the spectacular Kansas City skyline. Tickets are required.

8:45 p.m. Taps at the Tower

The National WWI Museum and Memorial is a civic pillar in Kansas City, and is a point of pride to the people in the region. Rising from patriotic and citizen initiative, the Memorial is a gathering place for ceremonies and memorials that honor those who served the nation.


Photo Contest

The Museum and Memorial is also offering the chance to the public to win a $100 prize package! Attendees need only share their photos of an evening of Taps at the Tower to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TapsAtTheTower for a chance to win. The winner will be notified at the conclusion of the week-long event

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