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Tiger Taps Tradition

Freshman Mizzou Alumni Association scholar starts Veterans Day tradition.

Chris Dade Mizzou

Freshman Mizzou Alumni Association Scholar Christopher Dade starts a Veterans Day tradition on Traditions Plaza. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Christopher Dade, a Rogersville, Missouri, native, grew up cheering for Marching Mizzou on game days. So it was a little surreal when the freshman trumpeter stepped onto Faurot Field Aug. 30, 2014, for the Tigers’ home opener. “Finally performing in the same tradition I had witnessed over a decade ago was really cool,” says Dade, a chemistry major in the Discovery Fellows program.

Mizzou traditions have been important to Dade, whose father, Jay Dade, BJ ’85, JD ’93, is a past president of the Mizzou Alumni Association. Following in his father’s footsteps, Dade, an MAA Legacy Scholarship recipient, is a member of the Alumni Association Student Board, which works to preserve MU traditions.

One of the traditions Dade hopes AASB will safeguard is Tiger Taps, an event he spearheaded as part of a class assignment to start something on campus that leaves a legacy. On Veterans Day 2014, shortly after the annual wreath‐laying ceremony at Memorial Union, 13 Marching Mizzou trumpeters stationed across campus performed taps in a cascade to extend the ceremony. “Tiger Taps makes the Veterans Day ceremonies very present to everyone on campus,” says Dade, who played at Traditions Plaza. The symbolism wasn’t lost on him. “Starting a new tradition at Traditions Plaza — it was really cool.”