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This is a discussion on TAPS within the Law Enforcement, Military & Homeland Security Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have played the trumpet/cornet since the 5th grade. I also played taps at various funerals during High School. I still play them with the ...

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    Taps

    I have played the trumpet/cornet since the 5th grade. I also played taps at various funerals during High School. I still play them with the American Legion on Memorial Day. The hold ceremonies at 5 cemeteries where my Mom lives. One of them is where my father is buried.

    The story behind my getting involved with them is interesting. I had taken my trumpet north with me (Mom lives 250 away from me) so I could play taps over my father's grave. I found out that there was going to be a ceremony at the cemetery so I decided to attend. When they showed up they did not have a bugler or even a boom box to play taps. So I went back to the car and waited until the ceremony was complete, then commenced playing taps. Everyone was surprise and extremely pleased. The next year they tracked me down and asked me to play and I have been doing that ever since. Some of the people that show up are really thankful and surprised that I would drive that distance.

    There is a group called Bugles across America that try to provide buglers if requested.


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    Yes I can play it with a trumpet without using the valves, however I prefer using an actual bugle, sounds and looks better. And being in uniform looks good as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecbaatz View Post

    Yes I can play it with a trumpet without using the valves, however I prefer using an actual bugle, sounds and looks better. And being in uniform looks good as well.
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    hmm... I seem to recall taps on a trumpet was performed solely with 1st & 3rd down. I've never seen it played in any other key... but +1 on an actual bugle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    A side note, the mark of a good trumpet player is to be able to play Taps without using the keys, much like a bugler does.
    Thats an interesting factoid I didn't know.
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    1st and 3rd or all three or none at all

    Quote Originally Posted by Chooie View Post
    hmm... I seem to recall taps on a trumpet was performed solely with 1st & 3rd down. I've never seen it played in any other key... but +1 on an actual bugle.

    Usually the first and third are used but can use all three or none at all. Just with none at all you really have to have a good lip as the notes are up there.

    And if I could get the size down I would post a pic and video of me playing.
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    I preformed funeral escort duty when I was stationed at Dover AFB DE. It's something that you will never forget. TAP's is something that gets into your head and never goes away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecbaatz View Post
    Usually the first and third are used but can use all three or none at all. Just with none at all you really have to have a good lip as the notes are up there.

    And if I could get the size down I would post a pic and video of me playing.
    What he said.

    the notes do get high and the range is decent, so your lips really have to be strong. Nobody really cares anyway except other trumpet players, but I'm a traditionalist and like to do it the old fashioned way with no valve use. BTW, my dentist still has a hard time because of the odd muscle development due to trumpet playing... and I havent touched a horn in probably ten years.
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