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Celebrate 150 Years of Taps

Protocol for Taps

Instruction for military and civilian

Definition of Taps

Taps is sounded at funerals, memorial services and wreath laying ceremonies. Performance consists of 24 notes sounded on a bugle or trumpet.  Taps is performed by a solo bugler without accompaniment or embellishment.  Although sometimes performed with an echo, Taps is really meant to be sounded by a single bugler.

Conduct During Playing

During a rendition of Taps at a military funeral, memorial service or wreath laying ceremony,

- All present not in uniform should stand at attention with the right hand over the heart;

- Men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;

- Individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of Taps and maintain that position until the last note;

When Taps is sounded in the evening as the final call of the day at military bases, salutes are not required.

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3 Responses to “Protocol for Taps”

  1. Paul Thurman says:

    According to AR 220-90, PG23, Echo or Silver Taps, performed by 2 buglers, is not authorized. please pass this on to all concerns individual

  2. Michael Garza says:

    My VFW is having a POW MIA ceremony next month. Is it appropriate to play TAPS at this ceremony since we don’t know the outcome of the MIAs?
    Thank you.

  3. max metz says:

    If you are at a meeting and you hear them playing taps for a veterans who has passed in the room next to you can you just sit quietly and show respect in that manner?

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