A Civilian Taps Volunteer Organization

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To promote Taps bugler volunteerism among the civilian brass playing community, and to encourage music organizations to proactively connect with their communities to pay tribute to America's Military Heroes.





Launched on Veteran's Day 2007

The goal of this site is to gather and provide information on the topic of the playing of Taps at military honors funerals, and to encourage drum and bugle corps organizations to proactively drive a process of providing live Taps buglers in their respective communities.

In 2000, the US Department of Defense ruled that every United States military service member of any era who served honorably has the right to receive a full military honors funeral.

It is estimated that 1000 WWII veterans pass away daily, and that 2008 was the peak year with 380,000. That number doesn't include Korean War Vets, Vietnam Vets, or any other service members who have served since... including all these kids who signed up after 9/11.

The active military has reported a shortage of live Taps buglers, and has approved the use of an electronic bugle-like device that plays a recording of Taps. The Dept. of Defense has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to distribute these devices.

Families of recently deceased veterans are informed of their right to a full military honors funeral by their funeral director, and the appropriate veterans organization is contacted (VFW, American Legion, etc.). If that organization has access to a live Taps bugler, one is provided. If no live bugler is available to play Taps, then the Veteran's organization has every right to provide a recorded version of Taps. However, if the family or funeral professionals are aware of someone who is willing to play Taps, then that civilian volunteer may do so.

As a former drum and bugle corps brass player, I am personally guilty of not doing enough.

There must be a way to get the drum and bugle corps community mobilized to address this. In my research over the past few months, I've found that most drum and bugle corps people haven't paid this topic much thought.

It is my intent to develop a deeper sense of understanding of the issue, and to encourage my fellow drum and bugle corps brass players - past and present - to do more.

The drum and bugle corps family is a big family, and none of our fathers had to worry about who would play Taps for them, let's do our part for the families of the brave American Heroes who fought along side our fathers.

Tom Allen
Rochester, NY



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OperationTaps Flyer

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