Harpursville Students Learn About Civil War Music and Stories

By Nicky Hickling

Harpursville Students Learn About Civil War Music and Stories

April 5, 2011 Updated Apr 5, 2011 at 3:02 PM EDT

Harpursville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Harpursville students spent Tuesday listening to stories and music from the Civil War era.

Each year the school district organizes a "Read Aloud" event, which celebrates reading and literacy.

This year's event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

Former music teacher Jim Dalpiaz says the popular bugle tune "Taps" was composed during the Civil War.

He says a general and his bugler used the tune to call people together, which was different than the end of the night call.

"Taps is played a lot, we hear it quite often especially now for many different reasons, and I think it's important for the students to understand that. We have many memorial services here; we have Memorial Day, we have Veterans Day, we have a lot of days that honor our veterans, I think it's very important for them to understand what Taps means," says Dalpiaz.

Harpursville Schools have held the Read Aloud event more than 20 years.