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Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by rowuk, Apr 13, 2010.
Moderator please delete duplicate! So sorry.
I 'somewhat' agree with the previous two postings, but, because the majority of my experience SOUNDING TAPS has been done indoors, I have not had the artistic options mentioned. I do distance myself from the funeral attendants by playing away from the chapel or main sanctuary, so as to somwhat muffle the strident sound of my trumpet. I have been known to use a short cornet with a deep vee cup mouthpiece in small mortuary chapels. I have refused to use a mute in my trumpet because I feel that I can get a much better sound with that ancient cornet. I strive at all times to show the utmost respect for my fallen brother or sister. I dress in black with a white shirt and dark grey tie. I respectfully and politely attempt not to fraternise with the greiving family and friends. I am not there to show off or to make new friends, just to honor the decedant with my service.
I confer with the family spokesperson and proceed however they want.
Good point Ed. Yes, whatever the family wants is the most appropriate.
I dress in black with a white shirt and dark grey tie. I respectfully and politely attempt not to fraternise with the greiving family and friends. I am not there to show off or to make new friends, just to honor the decedant with my service.
Absolutley! Well said Oldlou:
All you young people that are asked to play Taps, follow Oldlou's advice on this. Dress nice, don't bother the grieving and you are not there to show off or make friends.
Because it IS a bugle call, the proper term is to state, 'SOUND TAPS', not play taps. If the trumpeter is requested to 'play' a hymn in addition, then, he/she plays that hymn.
I am sorry if I preach about propriety. I am a retired USMC Lt. Colonel. It is drilled into me to be precise, Sorry.
That's okay, Lou. You come by it naturally, then.
And as an aside, Thanks for your service to our Country........Buck
Just resigned up. Had signed on back in 2005, but never got called upon. Hopefully I'll get to contribute now............Buck
IMO the sounding of TAPS is more traditional among USMC than USAF. In U.S. law enforcement, I've been on base at Quantico more than I ever wanted to be and heard TAPS sounded at the end of day and all vehicular motion stopped. This caused such a back-up and traffic jam emptying on U.S. Route 1 and I-95 that Southbounders in rush hour from government offices in DC during rush hour had some vindictive curses toward USMC.
But when it comes to USMC propriety, I've got to ask why the USMC or the League was not available to sound TAPS for an interrment in Quantico National Cemetery of an ex-Marine and I was asked. Yes, the deceased was also U.S. law enforcement where he was killed on duty (actually died much later from the bullet wound inflicted that was not then removable).
Yes, my older brother soon to be 82 still performs as a rifleman at funerals with the Marine Corp League in the environs of Racine WI, and not 3 years ago I saw him field strip the M-1 Garand and reassemble it faster than I can ... and I went to gunsmithing school and then owned that M1.
Although eligible, I will NOT be buried in a National Cemetery! My marker is already laid in the family plot not 2 1/2 blocks from where I now sit. It is NOT provided by the Government. Yes, it mentions my years of service in USAF but that is all. I've already the commitment of 2 live buglers to sound TAPS and a piper to blow the pipes with Amazing Grace, 2 law enforcement and a retired USAF Major as riflemen. Only my casket will be paid for by the Government, and the rest has been pre-paid as has my wife's arrangements.
Understand the "sound taps" thing. I've played a few funerals where that was the case. At least in the Army, today, once military honors starts it's:
3 volleys from the honor guard
(Taps is sounded)
and normally the honor guard will proceed with the folding of the flag afterward (but not always)
I've played a lot of funerals with Legion or VFW honor guards and they usually say "Sound Taps" or something similar.
For Guide lines in Sounding Taps: