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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Vulgano Brother, Aug 10, 2011.
Got this via Manny Laureano: http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/bugle.htm
Haven't seen THAT in almost 40 years!
It's hard to believe that sometimes they just handed a sailor a bugle and the manual and said, "You are the bugler". And expected him to learn how to play--but they did; or at least the Army did. I was at a small overseas post and the "bugler" was the company clerk who had never played a musical instrument before. He wasn't as bad as "Radar" on MASH, but he wasn't very good either.
How they were expected to remember all those is what gets me. That and that the sailors would have any idea what half of those meant.
I was at a reception last night, at a Royal Marine Officer's Mess. An RM Bugler played a call for us to gather to listen CO. It was one of those times when I knew the Bugler wanted the ground to open up and swallow him. Poor lad.
Funny, I thought all the Navies used the Bb short stubby bugle...
So I learnt something today.
I started on Bugle, it created a great range before starting on trumpet.
Jack Tar - YouTube
and of course the Royal Marines - every Drummer plays a Bugle....who says Drummers cannot play!
The Royal Marines 'Beat Retreat' - YouTube
There were 117 bugle calls in the Coast Guard when I was the bugler. They all kindof run together after a while.
My Dad was an RM Bugler. Played at the funeral of King George and at St Pauls Cathederal for the rembrance service for Roosevelt. And at the Cenotaph in London every year for about 10 years before World War 2 (that's 1939 for the American readers.)
Rapier, I guess that would be appropriate to bring up as Europe had a head start on the U.S. for WW II
I wonder if "yo ho! Blow the man down." was maybe inspired by pirate buglers.
It would be a fun gig, except for having to practice Arrrrrrrrrrrrbans.
That's cool. I believe Number 84 is the only bugle call I've ever seen go into ledger lines above the staff.