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    Taps Across America

    I caught this story on CBS news last night: Jari Villaneuva, former trumpeter and bugler for the USAF Band in DC, is promoting "Taps Across America" for 3pm local time on Memorial Day for anyone who can play trumpet or bugle. The expectation is that you can perform it on your front porch.
    I know that many of you are reformed trumpet players or doublers and might wish to participate. Below is a link to the announcement.
    I might even join in on a bass trumpet, depending on my chops.
    https://www.tapsbugler.com/memorial-...embrance-2020/
    Last edited by enhite; 05-23-2020 at 04:26 PM. Reason: font, etc.

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    This is a neat event! A friend is doing it with his trumpet and his father's WWII uniform. I think he is taking my suggestion to work with another trumpet player and do echo taps. The CG Band used them sometimes and they were quite effective.

    I was thinking... If one were going to do this with a euphonium, echo taps would work nicely and one could even have a low echo by using a tubist for the echo part!

    Here is what I'm talking about (courtesy of the CG Band):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJkiXRh814s
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    Being a retired Army guy (both enlisted and officer) and son of a West Pointer who was a career Army officer and WWII and Korean War veteran, I may just play Taps on my porch on Monday on my Euphonium. I know it is not a trumpet (my very first instrument) or a bugle, but I think it would be nice anyhow. I'll invite a few neighbors.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

  4. I already posted on my town FB site that I am playing Taps on my euphonium at 3:00P tomorrow. I invited anyone on my street to come out, enjoy a minute of silence and listen while I play taps,.

    Doug
    Sterling Virtuoso 1052HS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HS baritone
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    Quote Originally Posted by daruby View Post
    I already posted on my town FB site that I am playing Taps on my euphonium at 3:00P tomorrow. I invited anyone on my street to come out, enjoy a minute of silence and listen while I play taps,.

    Doug
    Excellent!! Bravo, Doug!!
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    What a great idea. Well done, folks. Such straightforward acts of thoughtfulness are what we need more than ever now.

    A question if I may, and if this is out of bounds, I'm sorry. I'm just ignorant on this.

    Watching US news channels today I see the presenters and guests wishing each other "Happy Memorial Day".
    Is this typical?

    In my country we honour both living veterans and the fallen on Nov 11. (Last day of the so-called War-To-End-All-Wars.)
    Remembrance Day is solemn and features ceremonies somewhat similar to US Memorial Day.
    Wishing people a "Happy" Remembrance Day would not be at all typical.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    Watching US news channels today I see the presenters and guests wishing each other "Happy Memorial Day".
    Is this typical?
    I was thinking about that myself, and I'm not sure if there is any "etiquette" attached to this. That's not what I would say myself, but that format of greeting has become commonplace for general greetings.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    I saw this on Instagram (Matthew Summers), so apparently euphoniums are part of this event! The photo is from Arlington Cemetery.

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    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    YouTube: dwerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    Twitter: davewerden
    Instagram: davewerdeneuphonium

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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    I saw this on Instagram (Matthew Summers), so apparently euphoniums are part of this event! The photo is from Arlington Cemetery.

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    Dave, If you go to the Taps Across America Website they explain that they will allow all musical instruments to participate in this event. You have until noon today to sign up!
    Yamaha YEP 321 and Schilke 51D

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    What is the consensus (or common practice) on vibrato on held notes during taps? I've listened to Army, Navy and Coast Guard recordings. They seem to me to be mostly vibrato free until the end of the held notes (at least on my computer speaker).

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