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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