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Larry DuPree Bugler

Larry Dupree, Bugler and friend By Jari Villanueva, TapsBugler On November 1, 2019 the world lost another Vietnam Veteran and the bugling world lost a performer and supporter-Larry DuPree of Cincinnati, Ohio. Larry was the beloved husband of Jean DuPree, loving father of April (David) Tapscott, proud grandfather of Ashely Mabrey, Hunter Mathson, and Allie […]

Tin Bugle

Tin Bugle in the Illinois State Military Museum1301 North MacArthur BlvdSpringfield, Illinois 62702 Thanks for their kind permission to share photographs During the Civil War the bugle became the predominant signal instrument in the Army surpassing the fife and drum. Most all bugles were made of copper, brass or German silver. There are instances of […]

Daniel Adams Butterfield

DANIEL ADAMS BUTTERFIELD 1831-1901 Who was the general whose name is associated with Taps?  Daniel Adams Butterfield was born in Utica, New York, on October 31, 1831.  He was the third son (of nine children) born to John Butterfield and Malinda Baker Butterfield.  John Butterfield (1801-1869) was a prominent Utica businessman who pioneered the transportation […]

Help for Veterans with Substance Abuse

Help for Veterans with Substance AbuseThis is an issue TapsBugler is concerned with. Along with death by suicide, this is a problem in our military and one we have a passion about.CLICK HERE FOR THE WEBSITE from www.Help.org In 2015, 1 in 15 veterans had a substance use disorder, and they are more likely than […]

Burial Flags

I occasionally receive questions about burial flags and how someone gets one for a veteran at the time of their death. Basically the funeral home takes care of obtaining the flag for a veteran funeral. The military honor guard or any Veteran Service organization is not responsible for providing flags at funeral services. Download the […]

Key for Taps

A question has come up as to what the original key was for Taps. Whether or not it was played on a G Bugle, or whether it has always been in B flat. as we play it today. ANSWERThanks for asking. There is no “original” key to Taps. Taps is sounded in the key of the […]

Do not use Taps to Lower the Flag

Just because it’s in a Hollywood film does not make it correct.Any Marine will tell you this is wrong Do not use Taps to lower the U.S. Flag.It is not authorized, it’s incorrect, and, most importantly, inappropriate to use Taps in this manner (echo or otherwise).There is NO military manual that states the call to […]

Bugler at Arlington National Cemetery

Master Sgt. Jari Villanueva has spent his entire career playing bugle in the Air Force Ceremonial Brass. In this un-narrated story, he describes his work, playing at ceremonial arrivals at the White House and playing Taps at funerals at Arlington. He also talks about the history of bugle calls and about the most famous playing […]

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