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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by shooter, Oct 14, 2012.
I was at Arlington a couple of years ago and Taps was sounded on a trumpet--not a bugle.
I sound Taps on an Olds Ultratone G bugle (valve/rotor 1970). My understanding is that this is acceptable to Bugles Across America - if I ever reach a standard that merits offering my humble efforts to them. Despite being a valve/rotor bugle, to the uninitiated and from a distance it looks more like a bugle than a trumpet (because the valve is horizontal).
I wonder if the recording used by the electronic bugle was played on a bugle or a trumpet?
Timely reminder for me to get by bugle out of the loft and give it a polish. Ready for my Last Post engagements on November 11th.
First thing, IF someone from the VA showed they would most likely show up in the casket that was getting buried, cause the VA can’t take care of them selves let alone patrol the ranks of people playing taps for our veterans. That is ridiculous, sounds like this ladies head is too big for her shoulders and doesn’t realize she just screwed up taps for a veteran who deserves it. Sounds like she needs a life. You could have shown her a tenor sax and argued that it was a field bugle and she wouldn’t have known the difference. Now…. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played taps in my life….hundreds easily. I’ve always played it in the key it was written, as it was written, and I’ve see many guys play it a third, a fourth and even a fifth down……don’t ask why….old chops I guess, who knows, and that recorder bugle……nasty but better than nothing. How would the VA, or that idiot lady know the difference from a trumpet to a bugle and what key your playing it in. Heck you could inhale a lung full of helium, (which will make you play a third higher) and start on your low D and still play it as written…….lets see the church lady figure THAT one out !!!! Sorry, I’ll turn my “Rant” switch off now. It bothers me that a veteran was denied his / her rights because of some pathetic person who doesn’t have a clue…..Personally I would find that guys grave site and go play taps for him / her anyway, (probably film it and go show that lady) the veteran deserves this…. OK NOW I really found the rant switch and it’s off……sorry.
Also as a member of BAA I have used both my Kanstul Bugle in G and my trumpet in the open position. However, it is permissible to used any fingering on a trumpet to perform in lower keys. Some buglers have done this when performing in close proximity to the family, or when they feel more comfortable in playing in a lower key.
From 8/76 to 4/78 I played taps for veterans as The Coast Guard Bugler. I used a Schilke B6. If a trumpet is good enough for JFK's funeral, it's good enough for anyone.
A trumpet is fine for Taps, but JFK's Taps was sounded on a Bach Strad Bb Bugle (field trumpet).
I use a Kanstul Bb field trumpet, same design as the Bach, when I sound Taps. I guess I'm just a purist for using a field trumpet, but a cornet, trumpet, flugel, marching bugle, etc. should do fine. As long as it's live and reasonably well played, the actual instrument shouldn't matter as long as it sounds bugle-like.
Kanstul Bb Field Trumpet
There is a film on YouTube of taps being played at JFK's funeral - on a bugle.