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This page contains extensive articles on the subjects of taps, bugles, buglers, history, events, and news. Browse by tags or categories to find articles of interest.

Hail to the Chief

What is the piece of music played each time the President is announced? Where did that tune originate? “Hail To The Chief” Arranged by Jari Villanueva, played by the USAF Band HISTORY OF “HAIL TO THE CHIEF” Hail to the Chief, with its preceding Ruffles and Flourishes, is traditionally played to announce the arrival of […]

Hitting the High Notes

Story of Unknown Bugler. By Eric Lewis Hitting the High Notes…For Those that say I have one of the worst Jobs. My preparation is always the same. My instrument is so highly polished, that even on a dark day, its gleaming on all sides and angles. A mirror of every visible image. The carrying case […]

“Buglin’ Sam” DeKemel

Before there was a “Sam The Bugler” (the racetrack trumpeter in New York) there was “Buglin’ Sam” DeKemel.   Before there was a “Sam The Bugler” (the racetrack trumpeter in New York) there was “Buglin’ Sam” DeKemel. He was born Mathew Antoine Desire’ Dekemel (sometimes spelled De Kemel) on January 15, 1903 in New Orleans. […]

The extraordinary life and lasting military legacy of Oliver Willcox Norton

Soldier, Author, Bugler The extraordinary life and lasting military legacy of Oliver Willcox Norton By Theodore J. Karle Published here with the kind permission of militaryimages.atavist.com The article can be found at: https://militaryimages.atavist.com/soldier-author-bugler-oliver-wilcox-norton-winter-2016 Oliver Willcox Norton, a modest and self-effacing Pennsylvania schoolteacher, left behind one of America’s lasting military legacies. His Civil War service included […]

Calvin Titus

Calvin Pearl Titus September 22, 1879 -May 27, 1966 On August 14, 1900  U.S. Army Corporal and Trumpeter Calvin P Titus performed a daring exploit that resulted in his being awarded the Medal of Honor. Calvin credited his time in his uncle’s evangelical band with giving him the bugle skills to join the armed forces […]

The Evolution of Taps

THE EVOLUTION OF TAPS The twenty-four notes we know as Taps has been in use in the US military since its origin in 1862. It has undergone slight modifications over the years but has essentially remained the same. To provide background to the music of Taps, an evolution of the call is presented. This material […]

Diary of a World War One Bugler

DIARY OF A WWI BUGLER Diary kept by Wayne W. DeSilvey, 1st Bugler of Company I, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, serving with the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I. The complete diary covers the period from January 1, 1918, through April 15, 1919. CLICK HERE TO READ THE DIARY

How Taps Became Associated With Funerals

How Did Taps Became Associated With Funerals?   How did the call become associated with funerals? The earliest official reference to the mandatory use of Taps at military funeral ceremonies is found in the U.S. Army Infantry Drill Regulations for 1891, although it had doubtless been used unofficially long before that time, under its former […]

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