I am a veteran and trying to play the trumpet again. I will be joining Bugles Across America and finding a local mentor for the proper playing of taps. My understanding is that you join and then simply turn down requests to play until you are ready or until you can find the time to aid in honoring the vet who is need of your service. It is that simple. If you donít sign up and get requests, you can not aid the vet when you have the time.
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As I said before, that is just what they request. They literally tell me "There will be a funeral at 11:45 at southside cemetery on the 14th, can you play echo taps for him?" Seniors from my school have been playing for the American Legion for almost 15 years now, and that is how it's always done. If it isn't "authorized" perhaps you should take it up with them.ECHO TAPS
Echo Taps is not authorized by the US Army for funerals. I think it's OK for Memorial and Veterans Day services but really is out of place at funerals (IMHO) It's quite amusing to watch a bugler do echo taps by himself-first playing then turning 180 degrees and playing again
Besides, if you have 2 buglers at a funeral, somewhere some veteran is going without..
Last edited by Jurandr; 12-05-2009 at 02:28 PM.
The Air Force, in it's AFI, also says Taps is to be performed by a solo bugler, open without accompaniment or echo. I'm not sure about the Marines or Navy but figure it's the same.
I am only saying that the accepted military way to sound Taps is by a solo bugler or trumpeter-the way they do it at Arlington National Cemetery every day. Echo is not allowed and the digital is never used there since they have the resources of the DC military bands whose mission includes supporting ceremonies at ANC.
I think it's wonderful that students are stepping up sound Taps at veteran funerals. This used to be done by American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps members but those Corps have long disbanded....
The very worst usage of the Taps melody I have ever witnessed was last July 4 celebration at the end of the parade at Ferrysburg, Mi.. At the RAISING of the American flag during the ceremony commemorating the birth of our nation, the local V.F.W. honor guard used a digital bugle to 'play' Taps. In the mind of many in our local community concert band seated at the base of that flagpole that was a travesty. I have never heard of Taps being sounded at the ' raising' of the flag, and to sit within 10' of the 'bugler' who didn't even try to breath in synchrony with that recording made it even more of a joke. I consider 'Butterfields Lullaby' ( Taps ), to be held in reverence, not used in such a fashion as to make it a virtual joke. Taps should only be sounded concurrant with the LOWERING of our national flag, or at a military funeral.
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I recently went to a cousin's funeral and they had the fake bugle and no one knew it was fake except for me. They could have asked me to play, but I guess that's all arranged by the military.
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I wonder if those who "play" an electronic bugle use a fresh set of batteries every time? It would be terrible if it lost power halfway through Taps. In the defense of the electronic bugle, I've heard a few renditions of Taps that would have been better played on one. One stands out in my memory, as the poor guy started on the wrong note (too high) and never got on track. Try it sometime in private and see what I mean...
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