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Friday, March 30, 2007

Calling all buglers

Brass players, patriots and regular people (especially kids). If you've never heard echo taps played, you'll soon get your chance. If you have heard echo taps, you already know what a moving experience it is.

On May 19, 2007 (Armed Forces Day) brass players from around the world will conduct an EchoTaps event at all National Cemeteries, State Veterans Cemeteries, and American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries overseas. Individuals, schools, and organizations are invited to be part of this unique tribute as performers or support volunteers. (EchoTaps.org)

Springfield's Camp Butler National Cemetery will be participating in the event. I talked to Claude Rivers, director at the cemetery, who requested that volunteers not contact the cemetery. Instead, they should sign up through either EchoTaps.org or BuglesAcrossAmerica.org.

Bugler Volunteers can be male or female. They can play a traditional bugle with no valves, or they can perform the ceremony on a Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, or a 1, 2 or 3 valved bugle. The bugler can be of any age as long as they can play the 24 notes of Taps with an ease and style that will do honor to both the Veterans, their families, and the burial detail performing the service. (BuglesAcrossAmerica.org)

No digital bugles will be allowed.

I previously attempted to explain echo taps (link). However, when more than two bugles are involved, it's more like a cascading sound. I've never heard more than two, but it's got to be beautiful. Standing by for more details, including start time.

Interesting info at wikipedia:

Posted by Marie at March 30, 2007 11:51 PM


At the National Cemetery in Baltimore, the local scouts participate in a ceremony called "We Remember" on Memorial Day weekend. I used to participate when my kids were active scouts. The kids put small American flags on each of the graves. It's actually kind of amazing. The scouts plant flags on 60,000 graves in about 15 minutes. You watch it, and it's like an army of blue and green-uniformed ants crawling through the place. Echo taps was played during the closing ceremony.

Digital bugle... that's a joke, right?

Posted by: Kem White at March 31, 2007 10:30 AM

I may be calling the digital bugle by the wrong name. But, it's not a joke. There was a big deal here a year or so ago about it. If I recall correctly, there was a shortage of people for the inter-veterans funeral detail here and someone suggested the digital bugle to take up the slack.

Posted by: Marie at March 31, 2007 6:16 PM

I don't think there is anything more appropriate or moving than a bugler playing Taps at a funeral. A Marine Color Guard played it at my Dad's funeral. They'll do that for any former Marine. It will be with me forever. I like Echo Taps, too, but I love the lone bugler.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at April 1, 2007 10:42 AM

We are doing a Taps Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
Check out www.tapsbugler.com

Echo Taps Worldwide Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

Saturday, May 19, 2007 10:30 AM
At the Old Amphitheater

This is part of a worldwide event sponsored by the VA to have buglers perform Taps at all National Cemeteries on May 19th-Armed Forces Day. More information on the national project can be found at www.echotaps.org. Our purpose is to heighten awareness of the need for live buglers to sound Taps at veterans’ funerals, honor those who have served with a worldwide musical performance of Taps, and foster a new generation of buglers.

Guest Speaker: SMG Woodrow English, Principal Bugler of the US Army Band
(“Pershing’s Own”)
Sponsor: Arlington National Cemetery and Bugles Across America
Coordinator: Jari Villanueva, The USAF Band
Contact information is
443 801-5274

Addition information can be found at www.tapsbugler.com

Here is your chance to help! Buglers are welcome to sound Taps at 1100 throughout the cemetery. And we are looking for some brass/percussion players to perform in the brass ensemble that will play for the ceremony at the amphitheater. We could also use help with registration, publicity and driving performers around the cemetery for this event.

Please consider helping out with this worthy project! You can register at: www.tapsbugler.com

Thanks!! Jari Villanueva, MSgt, The USAF Band

Posted by: Tapsbugler at April 1, 2007 7:58 PM