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Evening Taps during Covid-19

by Jari Villanueva Taps Bugler ©2020 I have noticed some news stories about people sounding Taps each evening in their neighborhoods. Buglers and trumpeters are…

What is Taps?

WHAT IS TAPS? Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to evoke emotion than the twenty-four notes that…

The Bugler of Arlington

THE BUGLER OF ARLINGTON(author unknown) I am the bugler of ArlingtonBut this honor belongs not to one man alone.Today, I stand the watch.Yesterday in our…

TAPS FOR LEW SOLOFF

TAPS FOR LEW SOLOFF By Jari Villanueva Lew Soloff, US Army Photo courtesy of Laura Solomon-used by permission For military buglers in the United States,…

The Taps Myth

Almost every day when I check my e-mails, I get a message or two asking about or forwarding a story for my comment or enlightenment. It starts with, "Reportedly it all began during the Civil War…" and goes on to relate the story of Union Captain Ellicombe and how he finds his wounded Confederate son on a battlefield. The story is that the music of Taps is found in the pocket of the young man and that's how the call came into being. It is a heartwarming and poignant story, but false.

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