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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:54 pm    Post subject: Question on Appropriate Bugle Call to Use Reply with quote

My company has a new flagpole and will soon dedicate it. I was asked to play Taps (again). But I was thinking maybe "To the Colors" or the National Anthem would be correct! My sponsors aren't expert military protocol folks but they are ex-military. The ceremony will be outside around noon. Any guidance? Where should I ask?
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To the Colors is appropriate for a flag-raising.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EsUvNz_i60
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Herman rev2 wrote:
To the Colors is appropriate for a flag-raising.


And make sure they send that flag up quickly!

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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Taps" is not suitable for flag-raising or flagpole dedication. Please don't.

"To The Color" is the bugle call usually used by the US military for flag-raising ceremonies. "The Star Spangled Banner" cannot normally be played on a bugle, unless it's the three-valve "bugle" used in modern drum and bugle corps. If you plan to use a trumpet, or a three-valve bugle, then "The Star Spangled Banner" is the tune to use.

If this is a non-military event, there is no need for military protocol, but I would suggest reviewing the Flag Code. Any military personnel present will know when to render salute if appropriate; leave that to them.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 5:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first thought was To the Colors as well.

And remember - flags being raised to fly at half-mast are raised to the top first and then lowered to half-mast. Similarly, before they are removed they are raised to the top, and the then lowered.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomcherv wrote:
My first thought was To the Colors as well.

And remember - flags being raised to fly at half-mast are raised to the top first and then lowered to half-mast. Similarly, before they are removed they are raised to the top, and the then lowered.


Good reminder. Up is always snappy, and down is always slow. That applies during these half up and half down procedures as well.

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, "To The Colors", I can't see why anyone would suggest Taps, whether they have a military background or not.

As a nervous 8th grader, I was "drafted" into doing that every Monday, HATED it because I usually fracked more than one note.

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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad361 wrote:
As a nervous 8th grader, I was "drafted" into doing that every Monday, HATED it because I usually fracked more than one note.


LOL, same here. 8th and 9th grade, except daily, not weekly. Don't know if any of the students actually liked this, though. I, like you, hated playing this.

(FWIW, and I'm not sure it is, but a classmate of mine during that time was Bette Midler.)
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kehaulani wrote:
Brad361 wrote:
As a nervous 8th grader, I was "drafted" into doing that every Monday, HATED it because I usually fracked more than one note.


LOL, same here. 8th and 9th grade, except daily, not weekly. Don't know if any of the students actually liked this, though. I, like you, hated playing this.

(FWIW, and I'm not sure it is, but a classmate of mine during that time was Bette Midler.)


Wow, maybe you inspired Bette Midler to do her version of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"!😎

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your suggestions. Taps was originally suggested by the Veteran's group organizer since it is near Memorial day when the ceremony will be held. And he didn't know I could play other things! We decided on "To the Colors." (Yes, I am familiar with the Patton speech movie excerpt with the giant Flag, awesome. They showed us the Patton movie in high school back then!)

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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joetrumpet2 wrote:
...(Yes, I am familiar with the Patton speech movie excerpt with the giant Flag, awesome. They showed us the Patton movie in high school back then!)

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I bet they wouldn't today...
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig Swartz wrote:
joetrumpet2 wrote:
...(Yes, I am familiar with the Patton speech movie excerpt with the giant Flag, awesome. They showed us the Patton movie in high school back then!)

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I bet they wouldn't today...


Yep.🙄🙄😐😐

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