Taps Bugler: Jari Villanueva

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Army Air Corps Cadet Bugler sounding “To The Color”

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  1. Della Robinson-Melton says:

    Thank you for providing your page. I especially love the video tracing the history of Taps. My beautiful and loving dog, Pete E. Melton went to eternal sleep @ 10:05 this morning. He turned 14 years old on March 4th, 2016.

    My daughter and son-in-law are self employed. Mr. Pete is their son and the “president” of their company. Today, his remains lie in state and the funeral is tomorrow.

    We will play your beautiful Taps as Pete E. Melton is laid to rest.

  2. Myriam Robaina Gollan says:

    Dear Mr. Jari Villanueva,

    I will follow this message with a letter. I just wanted to take a few minutes to send you a heartfelt thank you on behalf of my mother, Mrs. Domingo Robaina, my husband and children and myself for your incredible presence at my father’s military honors ceremony this past Sunday, February 7th, 2016, in Miami, Florida.

    I couldn’t believe the blessing of your acceptance and my good fortune to have found you on the internet and then learning that there are so few of you to perform taps throughout the nation.

    I wanted to send this message to your guestbook because if there are others wishing to know what it’s like to find a bugler and then have one at a ceremony, all that I can say is the following: When I heard taps being played by you, it took me back through the ages where both general and soldier were honored by deeply moving taps music.

    G-d bless you and keep you safe, you have many other worthy men and women to honor. I hope to send you a picture of your participation at the memorial.

    With sincerity and respect,
    Myriam Robaina-Gollan

  3. Jayanath says:

    Dear Mrs Monghan,Thank you for your comment!We also have a Remembrance day on the 11th if November.I didn’t know that we would have a day off since we didn’t have one last year but thigns change. Having a special assembly and having to wear poppies is very significant to this day. I have never heard of the Last Post till today. It must be very sombre and serious because this is a very serious day because people have died for us to make this country ours and have all the freedom we want. Poppies are very special to us.It is interesting to see similarities and see differences, as you said to see our cultures the way they are.From your blogging buddy,Maha ( 4KM )

  4. Janet Baker Lambert says:

    Dear Mr. Villanueva,

    My Daddy passed away Wednesday, August 05, 2015, at the age of 88. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II and had requested a full Military Honors Graveside Service. When the bugler played Taps, my heart broke all over again. It was one of the most beautiful yet haunting sounds of the whole day. My sister and I were awed by the sound the bugle made on the still, very hot and humid air. Your website and articles I have found elsewhere on the Internet have given me even more insight about the creation of Taps. Thank you for your exhaustive work. I am passing along this information to my sister. Much luck to you in the future. jbl

  5. Shawn Ford says:

    Great site. I have enjoyed playing the bugle since a boy scout, now teaching my son to play. Years ago when I first heard the story on the origin of taps, I started doing some extended geneaology work as I knew my great great grandmother was Esther Butterfield. It turns out I am a distant cousin of Daniel Butterfield. The Butterfield family has a great military history going back to the revolutionary war and long before to the snowshoe war and King Phillips war at the early times in the colonies. Family members were in Rogers Rangers and even started the precursor to Wells and Fargo freight line.

  6. Clifford Anderson says:

    Our dedication ceremony for Conrad Litt on Memorial Day was excellent!


  7. David Magoon says:


    Excellent information, thank you for providing this great resource to us non-military trumpeters and buglers.

    I have a question: if there is no firing party, when does one sound taps ? I’ve always sounded taps with them present, but you never know when this situation might present itself and I’d like to follow the correct protocol.

    Thanks also for your “tasty” brass quintet arrangements.

    Regards, David

  8. Jada Starr Nettleton says:

    I am researching a bugler from SC Co. A 1st regt cavalry
    I only have a first name of Joe
    this site has given the best info –l have liked the FB page also

  9. Clifford Anderson says:

    I was greatly impressed by this site!!! I’m holding a memorial ceremony for my 2nd great-grand uncle, Conrad Litt, who was killed in action at Ft. Wagner, Morris Island, SC on July 18, 1863. His body was not recovered. The govt. military gravestone will be installed soon, and I’d like to have a bugler to play taps at the close of the event, on Memorial Day, 2015. Cemetery is located in Pembroke, Genesee Co., NY, next to the newly acquired VA property to build a National Veterans Cemetery. I also applied for the Purple Heart Award, to which Conrad is certainly eligible. You can read more about Conrad Litt in the book, “I Take My Pen in Hand” [2008] by Doris Lake Cooper.

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