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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
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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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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
“DAY IS DONE”
the 150th Anniversary of Taps
You can listen to a podcast of MSgt Jari Villanueva talking about ceremonial duty at Arlington National Cemetery
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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