Taps Bugler: Jari Villanueva

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“ Welcome to Tapsbugler! Helping provide Taps for Veterans at military funerals is important to us! Please contact us on information about providing a live bugler to sound Taps at the ceremony for your loved one. Just click on Find A Bugler below. Please explore the website and I hope you come away with a little more knowledge about this great American treasure we have in those 24 notes. ”

Celebrate 150 Years of Taps

Welcome to the Official Website and Blog of
Jari Villanueva: Taps Historian and Bugler

Taps Jari



A new website on Bach instruments by our good friend Roy Hempley, Bach trumpet historian

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We are happy to announce two great articles about the history of the bugles (field trumpets, military trumpets) made by Vincent Bach, the prominent  instrument maker. These articles were written by Roy Hempley & Doug Lehrer © October 2004, All Rights Reserved.

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A message from Jari Villanueva

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The November 2012 issue of The American Legion Magazine has my Taps Article. You can see it by clicking on the photo below.



The 49th Anniversary of the Broken Note: Keith Clark and the funeral of President Kennedy November 25, 1963

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Taps Monument

 The 150th anniversary of Taps was marked in June with rededication of the Taps Monument at Berkley Plantation, Va., where Butterfield and Norton were stationed in 1862.

You can read more more about the 150th anniversary commemorations by visiting www.TAPS150.org




The TAPS 150 CD

Available here!


Music commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Taps

Day is Done The Taps 150 CD

 Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of America’s most famous bugle call, this unique CD recording contains a variety of performances of the bugle call Taps, other related bugle calls, ‘Taps’ calls from around the world , and more than 15 orchestrations for concert bands, soloists, vocalists, brass ensembles and narration inspired by Taps. Presented are three world premieres, ‘Honoring Veterans’ by Steven Behnke, Douglas Hedwig’s ‘Tone Poem on Taps,’ and a choral arrangement by Jari Villanueva entitled ‘Day is Done.’ The album features several different bugle and trumpet soloists, and a booklet of photos and extensive program notes accompanies the CD.



You can listen to a podcast of MSgt Jari Villanueva talking about ceremonial duty at Arlington National Cemetery Click on the image above

Jari Villanueva, Bugler, Sounds Taps at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington VA

Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to evoke emotion than the call Taps. The melody is both eloquent and haunting, while the history of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded in controversy. In the British army, a similar type of signal called Last Post has been sounded over soldiers’ graves since 1885, but the use of Taps is unique to the United States military, since the call is sounded at funerals, wreath-laying ceremonies, and memorial services. A bugle call that beckons us to remember patriots who served our country with honor and valor, it is the most familiar call and one that moves all who hear it.

On any weekday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, a military ritual occurs that is both familiar and moving. An escort of honor comes to attention and presents arms. A firing party comes to attention, then fires three volleys. After the briefest of moments, a bugler sounds the twenty-four notes of America’s most famous bugle call. The flag, held by members of the military honor guard, is then folded into a triangle reminiscent of the cocked hat from the American Revolution. That ritual is performed almost twenty times daily during the many funerals held at Arlington.

How did these twenty-four notes we know as Taps come into being? Who wrote the melody? When was it composed? Where was it first performed? What was the original use of the call and how is it used today? These questions have been asked by many over the past century. To date there has been no in-depth research published on the history of Taps.This site will answer many questions about Taps, bugling, and the history of this military tradition, as well as guide you if you are looking for a bugler to perform at a ceremony or funeral.

For more information contact Jari Villanueva

The origin of Taps, the ceremonies in which it is used, and the stories of those who have performed the call are a significant but often overlooked part of our history. The 68-page booklet “Twenty-Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions: The story of America’s Most Famous Bugle Call,” by Jari Villanueva, tells the story of the famous call and those who created it. Twenty-Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions is available for $15.00 (plus shipping) by CLICKING HERE

All the information on this site is © copyright 2001-2013, All Rights Reserved. If you wish to use any material on this website contact Jari Villanueva for permission

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  1. Lisa says:

    I was researching to obtain information for my learning disabilities students on Veterans Day & I found your site. I am very pleased with the information & plan to pass it along to other teachers at my school.
    I am blessed to have come from a family who were proud to serve in the armed forces. I have uncles and cousins who served in the Army, Air Force and Marines, some saw combat while others served during peace time. My uncles who have passed on had military funerals and while it was a sad time at the loss of a family member, it was a proud moment as well when they were honored with full military funerals. The playing of “Taps” still brings tears to my eyes… from sadness as well as pride in the country I love.
    Thank you and God Bless America!

  2. EMMA Tate says:

    I had never attended a military funeral until Wed. my brother-in-law served in World War 11, I was so impressed with the ceremony the volunter guard was so procised the folding of the flag and of course TAPS. It was a very touching sound one that I will never forget. There is a question that I really need an anwers to should the family pay for that service of the volunters? I would really appreciate an answer as I was told that they should be paid, my response to that question was the moment that my brother-in-law served honorably in the Army was payment enough.

    Thank you.

    Emma Tate

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