TAPS Funeral Honours - FAKE Bugle

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Peter McNeill, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I was for looking up some research for another Thread (tapsbugler); and came across this Bugle Ceremony; I am both shocked and disgusted that there is actually a Fake Bugle Ceremony.

    The Bugles Across America organisation is really battling up-hill when there is a Fake Bugle Ceremony documented. There should be more support and respect for the fallen.

    Anyway, I am not wanting a fight, I just had to get this off my chest. The Military need to address this issue - long term and with adequate resource.
  2. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
  3. brassplayer

    brassplayer Pianissimo User

    May 6, 2009
    San Gabriel, CA
    While it is a shame that there is a need for such devices, sometimes it is the best of a bad situation.

    As trumpet players, we should definitely consider volunteering for Bugles Across America to honor those Veterans who gave so much for our country.
  4. MFfan

    MFfan Fortissimo User

    Sep 13, 2006
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
    I am a member of BAA, but only have had one here my area that I could Sound Taps at. The requests that have come in are from anywhere from 50-100 miles, and at date and time usually not possible for me even if I could afford to drive that far. I one I did here involved a military honor guard that did have an electronic bugle and they were glad that a live bugler showed up.
    This was a couple of years ago and the first time I had heard of the phony bugle practice, but much has been discussed since on the forums.

    I am not so sure some funeral homes don't have a bugler on call for ceremonies as needed, hence the lack of opportunities here, even with the Fort Custer National Cemetary nearby. Probably the VFW and American Legion Posts are active in that area also.
  5. flugelgirl

    flugelgirl Forte User

    Jan 20, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    On a request form for military funeral honors, there are three categories to choose from for a bugler - CD of Taps, Ceremonial Bugle, or Live bugler. A live bugler request will get forwarded to the closest band,and if the band can't send a bugler, usually the ceremonial bugle will be used anyway. Personally, I hate the thing - it takes a gig away from a real player (I made some money playing for funerals in college), and the sound quality from the stupid little speaker isn't always so good. However, it is a better-looking alternative to a cd player....choose your poison, I guess. The most back-handed compliment I ever got at a funeral was because of that thing, though - a woman came up to me after a lovely taps and said " That was beautiful! I know it wasn't real, but..." I had to explain to her that I actually had just played for real! A little disturbing when someone expects a fake instead of the real thing.....
  6. Graham

    Graham Pianissimo User

    Jun 8, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    I do various bugling gigs whenever they're needed, and would rather hear bugle calls played on a tuba or a euphonium or ANYTHING but a recording unless it was ABSOLUTELY necessary!

    Still, the demand must be there and not being met if such devices exist... At least it looks and sounds like the real thing to an extent
  7. Dale Proctor

    Dale Proctor Utimate User

    Jul 20, 2006
    Heart of Dixie
    The electronic bugle is not the worst choice. No Taps played is the worst, and a CD player (or tape deck) runs a close second. I occasionally play at funerals (always for free), but it's hard to do with any regularity when you have a day job.
  8. Sterling

    Sterling Mezzo Forte User

    Oct 22, 2007
    Marcellus, NY
    When I was in high school back in the early 1970's, a police car would occaisionally arrive and take me out of class to go play Taps somewhere in the county. My classmates would always get a kick out of me being escorted out of school by the local police, or state troopers!
  9. Josh

    Josh New Friend

    Sep 28, 2009
    Sonora, CA
    I know. I really hate those. The main guy recorded is Woody Anderson, right?
  10. guitarsrmine

    guitarsrmine Piano User

    Dec 29, 2008
    Franklin, Pa
    Is it proper to play Taps on a trumpet? I did last Memorial Day, but I wondered if bugle was the preferred horn?

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