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Celebrate 150 Years of Taps

Performance Guidelines for Taps

BUGLER POSITIONS FOR SOUNDING A CALL

 Figure 1. PARADE REST (AT EASE). Feet apart relaxed position without locking knees. Bugler cradles instrument left hand parallel to the ground in left hand.
Figure 2. ATTENTION. Feet brought together, heels touching. Bugle is held in left hand parallel to the ground with the bell to the front. Right hand is placed on seam of trouser, feet are at a 45 degree angle.
Figure 3.  GRASP BUGLE
Figure 4. BRING BUGLE UP
Figure 5. PLACE BUGLE
Figure 6. SOUND BUGLE
Figure 7. SALUTE

FOR SOUNDING A CALL THE BUGLE IS BROUGHT UP IN A THREE-COUNT MOVEMENT:

ONE- From the position of attention, bugler reaches over and grasps bugle with right hand.
TWO-Bugler brings the bugle up and places the mouthpiece in a comfortable position for sounding the call. The left hand is used in helping place the mouthpiece in the proper location for the embouchure.
THREE-Once the mouthpiece is set on the embouchure, the left hand returns to the side.

AFTER SOUNDING A CALL THE BUGLE IS BROUGHT DOWN IN A THREE-COUNT MOVEMENT

ONE-Bugler returns bugle to left hand and cradles the bugle parallel to the ground
TWO-Bugler returns right hand to side of body (position of attention)
THREE-Bugler raises right hand in salute for three seconds, then returns hand to side and remains at position of attention

ALL MOVEMENTS ARE DONE IN A MILITARY MANNER THAT IS NOT RUSHED OR OVER EXAGGERATED.

Figure 1. PARADE REST (AT EASE)

PARADE REST (SIDE)

Figure 2. ATTENTION

ATTENTION (SIDE VIEW)

Figure 3. GRASP BUGLE

Figure 4. BRING BUGLE UP

 

BRING BUGLE UP (SIDE VIEW)

Figure 5. PLACE MOUTHPIECE

Figure 6. SOUND BUGLE

SOUND BUGLE (SIDE VIEW)

Figure 7. SALUTE

SALUTE (SIDE VIEW)

 

 

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68 Responses to “Performance Guidelines for Taps”

  1. Tapsbugler says:

    A very nice gesture!

  2. Sherry says:

    A client is planning to set a missing man table at a local restaurant for Memorial Day that was originally owned by a decorated veteran and is now run by his daughters. My daughter is singing live there that evening. The restaurant is a favorite place to watch the sun go down over the water. Would it be appropriate to have Taps played at sundown as a tribute? We are seeking a volunteer now.

  3. Tapsbugler says:

    Yes
    Very appropriate

  4. Fed Agency says:

    We have a Memorial Day Event being hosted in an office conference room. Would it be appropriate to play TAPS at the end of the event?

  5. Maria McBride says:

    Thank you for this beautiful article!

  6. Tapsbugler says:

    Yes. That would be very nice!

  7. Katie says:

    Hello! We are preparing a concert using only Patriotic Music. Would it be appropriate to open a Patriotic Medley of music with Taps?

    Thank you. You provide a service to people who deserve to be recognized appropriately.

  8. Tapsbugler says:

    Probably not, unless they served in the military

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