Taps Bugler: Jari Villanueva

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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.

The Taps Window

The Taps Window There are two monuments in Virginia commemorating Taps. The first is the Taps Monument located at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City. The other is the Taps Window found at Fort Monroe located in Hampton, Virginia—at Old Point Comfort, the southern tip of the Virginia Peninsula. The Taps window is located in the Chapel […]

History of Memorial Affairs

HISTORY OF MEMORIAL AFFAIRS The current traditions and practices of honoring fallen soldiers have had a long and interesting evolution. What began as an afterthought during the Revolutionary War is now a maxim of the Soldier’s Creed. We will look back, beginning with the Revolutionary War, and discover how the idea to “never leave a […]

The Greatest Game In the World by John Philip Sousa

“The Greatest Game in the World” by John Philip Sousa America’s March King, John Philip Sousa, was an avid baseball fan. He was a good player as a youth and when the Sousa Band formed its own team he usually pitched for the first inning or so. The team was formed during the long concert […]

Ruffles and Flourishes

RUFFLES AND FLOURISHES What is the fanfare that is played before the president, a general or other high ranking official arrives? Four Ruffles and Flourishes Hail To The Chief ______________________________________________________________________________________ Ruffles and Flourishes are sounded to render military honors and precede prescribed music for persons being honored. Ruffles (played by the drums) and Flourishes (played […]

Hail to the Chief

“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 the president at state functions and events. Derived from an old Gaelic air, Hail to the Chief was […]

Protocol for Taps

Protocol for Taps Instruction for military and civilian One question I get often is what to do when Taps is sounded. What exactly is the protocol? In a nutshell, it’s the same protocol as when you hear the national anthem. Definition of Taps Taps is sounded at funerals, memorial services and wreath laying ceremonies. It […]

William Donald Schaefer His Final Farewell

 William Donald Schaefer, His Final Farewell: A Look Back at his Funeral Services By Jari Villanueva © 2016 Jari Villanueva, Taps Bugler It has been five years since the passing of Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer. This is the story of my involvement with his funeral services during the week following Easter in 2011. The […]

The Taps Myth

THE TAPS MYTH MAKE SURE YOU READ THE LAST PAGE FOR THE TAPS MYTH CHALLENGE Almost every day when I check my e-mails, I get a message or two asking about or forwarding a story for my comment or enlightenment. It starts with, “It all began during the Civil War…” and goes on to relate […]

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