Playing TAPS is the is the highest honor a trumpet player can have. This is not even matched with playing in Carnegie Hall. With only twenty-four notes sounding TAPS is unmistakable and so moving and powerful. To many Americans, Taps conveys an important message through its twenty-four notes. To U.S. soldiers from the Civil War on, when sounded at night the call meant that all was well. It gave a sense of security and safety to those military members and also signaled that another day in the service to their country was done and all is well.
Because of the melodious and poignant nature of the melody, it is no wonder that it was adopted as the final call at funerals. As Gustav Kobbe stated in an 1898 Century article: “Played slowly and expressively, it has a tender, touching, mournful character, in keeping with the fact that it is sounded not only for ‘lights out,’ but also over the soldier’s grave, TAPS knows no rank be the general or private, so that as with ‘lights out’ night closes in upon the soldier’s day, so with the same call the curtain rolls down upon his life.
It is my honor to be a member of the Bugles Across America! I offer up my service to any and all our fallen free of charge. Many families do give a gift but no charge is required. The gift of giving a TRUE trumpet sound of TAPS is beyond expression. To hear the family members come up and tell me how much the sound of TAPS meant in this moment of grief. I tear up just writing this. It is truly the highest honor I have ever had.
If you would like to have me play TAPS for your loved one then you can go the request page and fill out the form. You can also call me 850-791-0959. Please fill out the form even if you call. I need to have a hard copy of the request.