Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bugles Across America

The wind symphony director at IVC sent out an email about a shortage of buglers and a link to this website. Evidently, there are not enough people to play Taps at military funerals as 1,500 veterans die each day across America. In the past, they would play a CD/boombox at the funeral. More recently, the military came up with a $500 electronic bugle which is a real bugle with an insert that plays a recording of Taps. The "performer" would hold the electronic bugle to his lips, press a button, and pretend to play. That seems kinda cheesy, especially for a military funeral. In response, Tom Day founded Bugles Across America and signed up over 1,500 volunteers.

I'm thinking of volunteering... the website said that you can play a bugle or a trumpet/cornet so I don't even need to buy another instrument. There are only 24 notes in Taps and only four pitches so it should be easy to memorize.

1 comment:

ocgal22 said...

Volunteering is a great idea!