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How did "Taps" Begin?written by Heather Patrick, Galesburg Illinois
As adapted from information provided by the MOBAC Library Cooperative and the Smithsonian Institute.
In 1862 General Daniel Butterfield's brigade was in camp at Harrison's Landing, Virginia, with other troops of the Union's Army of the Potomac. Their bugle calls sounded at various times, carries through the big encampment. It was hard to tell for which unit it was intended.|
Butterfield wanted to end the confusion by composing a few bars of music that would procede each regular call and make it clear that it was meant only for his brigade.
The General could neither play nor read or write a note.He sent for his bugler, Oliver W. Norton of Chicago, and whistled the tune. Norton blew it softly on his bugle. Soon the bars began to be sounded before all calls for he brigade.
Butterfield and Norton
|developed it into a night call to replace "Tattoo." The first evening Norton and the other bugler's of Butterfield's brigade blew it, other musicians all through camp suddenly paid attention. They liked so well that they learned it. Before long, "Taps," as the General called it, spread through the Army.|
A few months later, "Taps" found a new role. Battery A, 2nd Artillery, ceased fire one day after a short, sharp action in the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia. One of its cannoneers had been killed. Captian John C. Tidball ordered him to be buried but forbade the customary three volleys to be fired over his grave. The enemy was too close, and the shots might bring on an attack.
Instead, the bugler stepped forward and played the slow, sweet strains of "Taps." Ever since it has been used as a solider's farewell.
A Trumpeter's Profile: Case in Study
Instrument: The most expensive one they can talk their parents into buying without actually having to use any of their own money.
Range: Low F# to one note higher than you can play.
When Asked about their Accomplishments:
Says they can play higher than: Al Hirt
Says they can play faster than: Wynton Marsalis
Says they can play with more soul than: Louis Armstong
Actually can play: like a 16 year old trumpet player