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NEWS: 866 Gather to Play Taps in N.Y.

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posted on May, 21 2005 @ 10:47 PM
To mark Armed Forces Day and to emphasize the shortage of buglers to perform at funerals, eight hundred sixty-six musicians gathered in New York to play a cascading rendition of taps. It started in Elmira and ended three hours later in Bath. The musician who began the performance was Hannah Sollecito, 15, a descendant of Union Army Gen. Daniel Butterfield, who is credited with composing the piece. The final notes were played by Fran Look, 80, a former paratrooper who served in WWII. All eight hundred sixty-six musicians gathered later at a VA hospital to perform the piece one more time. It is hoped that the effort will be recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.
It began with three haunting notes from a teenage girl. A second bugler, about 100 yards down the road, picked up the tune. And then a third.

More than 850 buglers, trumpeters and other horn players along 41 miles of roads in rural western New York performed a cascading rendition of taps to highlight the scarcity of buglers at veterans' funerals.

The 24-note melody started at Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira, overlapped from one instrument to the next as it reverberated through a string of small towns from Painted Post to Campbell to Savona, and closed out nearly three hours later at Bath National Cemetery.

The Armed Forces Day tribute, dubbed Echo Taps, took in at least 866 musicians from 30 states playing all varieties of brass horns, from trombones and tubas to flugelhorns and valveless bugles.

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This must have been a moving event, taking place in such a beautiful setting as upstate New York. The number of veterans who die everyday is larger than the number of musicians who volunteer to perform taps at their funerals. In 2003, the Pentagon approved a digital device that fits into the bell of a bugle and plays taps while a non-musician holds the bugle to the lips. In some cases, taps is played on a CD player near the grave. I hope that this exercise raises awareness so that every veteran can have, if he so chose, a live performance of taps.

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[edit on 05/5/21 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on May, 22 2005 @ 06:32 AM
Thanks very much for the post Grady. Taps is probably one of, if not the most, emotionally charged representations of what we veterans are and have been.

I would have loved to have been there and followed it from its start to its last soulful ending note.


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