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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 10:00 am    Post subject: Taps Across America Reply with quote

CBS NEWS TO COMMEMORATE MEMORIAL DAY WITH “TAPS ACROSS AMERICA”
#CBSTaps
Monday at 3PM local time, thousands of trumpet and bugle players will sound Taps from their porches
Memorial Day celebrations across the U.S. will look a bit different this year, with most picnics, parades,
and services cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. That’s why CBS News “On the Road” correspondent Steve Hartman is teaming up with retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva to keep the spirit of the holiday alive.
Hartman and Villanueva are asking veterans, musicians, teachers, and students of all abilities and ages to sound Taps on their front lawns, porches, and driveways at 3:00 PM local time this Monday, May 25
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Hartman was inspired by a story he did in 2012 on Don Brittain, who sounded Taps on his balcony at sunset. Hartman thought other trumpet players could do the same. Independently, Villanueva had virtually the same idea for a Memorial Day tribute. Villanueva runs the organization Taps for Veterans. He says he wasn’t content to let the holiday pass without commemorating America’s fallen service members, as well as the many lives lost to coronavirus.
If you’d like to dust off your trumpet or bugle and sound the call, here’s what you need to know: Who can participate?
Anyone who can sound Taps on a trumpet, bugle, or similar instrument
When should I sound Taps?
Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) at 3:00 PM in your time zone
How do I sound Taps?
Find the sheet music here. Villanueva recommends playing in the key of B flat, if possible.
Where should I play?
Your front yard, porch, balcony, driveway, etc. – anywhere you can be socially distant from neighbors and passerby. Feel free to alert your neighbors so they can come listen from a safe distance!
On Tuesday’s CBS Evening News, we’ll share videos of some of the participants. Here are some tips to help you record your video:
What should I use to record a video of myself playing?
Any phone with a video camera works – you don’t need any fancy equipment. Just place your phone somewhere stable, or have someone with steady hands hold it in one place. Hold the phone horizontally, not vertically, so your video is wider than it is long. Record the whole performance. If neighbors or friends come to listen, get a shot of them too!
How do I share my video with CBS?
Tag us in your video on social media with the hashtag #CBSTaps, or upload it to this folder. Please include your full name and location in the file name, if possible.

For active links to the music, etc., here is the original announcement:

https://www.tapsbugler.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Taps-Across-America-CBS.pdf
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be joining in. Hope many others do to. If you look at the comments on the website it is an amazing mixture of people and instruments.
I will be playing at a cemetery on my property where four WWII vets and one WWI vet is buried. I encourage everyone to join in. Tell your neighbors to open their windows and listen.

https://www.tapsbugler.com/taps-across-america-comments-from-performers/
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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2020 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be doing taps at 3PM PST at my dad's (a Marine) resting place.....
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A friend asked me to play for his neighborhood. The time seems odd; why not earlier in the morning, or noon just before people sit down to eat lunch, or even early evening, rather than middle of the afternoon?
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe the 3:00 pm time was chosen so as not to conflict with any other ceremonies that might be going on. Lots of them would be at 11:00 a.m.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played, though not as well as I could have, but I've been off the horn for some years now being unable to hold it up.

There were people listening from the next apartment building over. They seemed to appreciate it.

Used a 30s Buescher Bb/F Legionnaire bugle in Bb with my GR mouthpiece, though it doesn't really fit all that well.

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played at a local park that has a monument donated by a large business from which 57 employees died in WW2. Nobody else was there, but I might have been heard in the shopping center across the street or in nearby residential area.

Haven't played TAPS in public since the 60's .

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine was not as good as I hoped it would be based on rehearsing it. Fortunately, it was raining hard when I choked and no one was outside to hear it. At least I tried , but performance anxiety got the best of me.
Next year!
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sounded Taps from my front porch today at 3:00. Had a few neighbors listening.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Played at the little cemetery on my property as planned. Surprisingly some of my neighbors showed up. Played on my Kanstul Bb bugle.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Played for a friend's neighborhood, maybe 25~50 folk scattered around (did not try to count), many older retired military and several widows. What an honor!
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played in the closest cemetery to where I live. Kanstul G bugle.
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I participated, played it on the front porch like probably many others. I had just played Taps for for my grandfather, a WWII vet, a few days earlier, so it was emotional and cathartic. Thank you to all who joined in.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 10:17 am    Post subject: Taps Across America and a video link Reply with quote

I sounded Taps at the gravesite of my father-in-law, who was a WW II veteran.
Phillip Calvert, Captain, USA (Retired).
The location is the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.

This the nice follow-up video from CBS News, containing several individual clips:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/musicians-play-taps-across-america-to-honor-veterans-on-memorial-day/

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played from my front porch, and the sound carries throughout the neighborhood. Since my nearest neighbor is 300 yards away, I don't know if anyone heard it, or localized it coming from me. But I didn't do it for them.
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