I personally feel that sounding (not playing) Taps is a tremendous honor, I never quite understood this till about eight or nine years ago. Let me back up a lot and tell you a story. Back in my hometown of Sidney, OH we always had a Memorial Day Parade and the high school band always marched. When we got to the cemetery one of the band members would sound taps and then another standing way off would sound the echo, always very moving. My junior year I was supposed to be the echo, when it came time I could not get a note out of my horn. I was so ashamed and so embarrased as I had performed many solo works since 7th grade. Needless to say I never tried again as I was just too emotional. Fast forward about 45 years and a gentleman we went to church with passed away and his wife and daughtrs asked me to sound Taps for him, I reluctantly said yes ( I play my trumpet a lot in church). I struggled with the idea of doing this till the funeral but I made it thru just fine even though each time I do this I still get a large lump in my throat. I will say that is one of the best things I have ever done. The little town we lived near has an active American Legion Honor Guard to salute veterans at their funerals and everyone without fail has expressed how much it meant to them to have live Taps. It has given great satisfaction to me also as it humbles me to honor their service. I have now done this more times than I care to remember and on numerous occasions people have tried to pay for this but I say no as it is the least I can do.
Bugle or trumpet doesn't matter if you let your heart do the playing.
They can get to be a challenge. The one I referred to in Palm Springs, most everybody's shirts/blouses were 3/4 soaked through before the first tune was over. Probably the dumbest gig I did along those lines was in a mall parking lot in the middle of summe in L.A. No cover and no audience. They were smarter than to stand on hot asphalt in the blazing sun.
At my age I don't think I could handle that. I'm not so proud that I won't drop out if circumstances dictate. I'd like to live to play another day...
46 replies and I don't think it's devolved to humour only. The foot foot video was in response to the lack of melody Dr. Mark mentioned. No one would really call foot foot music, but none the less, we're talking about it, which had to be the goal because music was not the goal in that video.
I graduated in the same class as Jimmy Buffett from McGill Institute in Mobile Alabama. He was real popular in high school and was a cheer leader and probably sang his first public song at a hootenanny put on at the high school. Hootenanny's were big deals in 1963 or so. Now days nobody knows what a folk song is...much less a hootenanny. He and I got into a scuffle when somebody pushed me from behind going through the door at an assembly once. I looked around and I took a swing at him since he was the nearest guy I saw behind me. We got into a short skirmish that was quickly broken up. It might not have even been him that had pushed me. If I had had a crystal ball at the time that told me he was going to be famous I think I would have hit him a little harder.
There's few things that are as satisfying and addicting as Punch cigars. I use to smoke them like they were going out of business and one day realized I needed to quit. I've not had one between my lips in decades but as I write these words, I'm reminded just how wonderful they are. Yep, there just a little addicting. I can control most things. Punch cigars are not one of them.