A "Live" Bugler today is hard to find. The military,
all branches included, have cut back on musicians and marching bands on
many of the bases around the country which has lead to a shortage of
buglers available to pay the "Final Respects" to deceased Veteran''s who
are passing away at a rate of approximately 1500 per day across the
nation. The Federal Government, in only the last few years, past
regulations that require at least two military people, from the same
branch of service as the deceased if possible, be present at a
Veteran''s funeral to fold the flag. This regulation does not call for a
bugler to be present to play TAPS. Instead, a CD player is usually
brought along to play TAPS at the appropriate moment. On occasion,
especially in inclement weather, the electronic representation has been
known to fail. A new device has recently been invented to substitute
for the CD which makes a better presentation than the CD player. It is
a recording device that looks like a trumpet mute that is inserted into
the bugle by a representative of the military, who presses a button on
the mute just seconds before TAPS is ready to be played and and
excellent version is simulated. However, should this device fail to
operate, an embarrassing moment can occur. This device is rather
expensive and many of the Veteran''s organizations like the VFW,
American Legion and Marine Corps League don''t always have the funds to
purchase this device.
A real live bugler is
the answer and this web site has been set up to provide one for
Veteran''s Funerals, Memorial Services and Patriotic Ceremonies.
Veteran''s who have served honorably are entitled to a military funeral.
It is up to the family to advise the funeral director of their
intentions and it is the funeral directors responsibility to make the
arrangements, including obtaining the flag and notifying the correct
branch of the service to send a detail.