November 5, 2019
We honor our veterans with a look at the role music plays in our military. Guest Jari Villanueva also gives a behind-the-scenes look at the call of Taps, a way of thanking the military for their service and for a job well done. Veterans Day is November 11.
Joining us from Maryland is Jari Villanueva, who spent 23 years with The USAF Band in Washington DC. He retired from the Air Force at the rank of Master Sergeant. He is considered the country’s foremost expert on military bugle calls, particularly the call of Taps which is sounded at military funerals. In 2007, he was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame, the first active duty military bugler to receive this honor.
Jari recommends playing (on bugle or trumpet) or singing Taps:
Day Is Done
Gone The Sun
From The Lake
From The Hills
From The Sky
All is Well
God is Nigh
- Taps For Veterans provides live Taps players for military funerals. Contact them if you are in need of a bugler. If you are a bugle OR trumpet player, contact them to volunteer (there is a shortage of players).
- Kennedy Center Arts Edge website with video/info on music in the military
- Military OneSource: source of all info military; partnering with Jari on military music content
- 100 Nights of Taps Gettysburg 2019 Facebook page and website
The call of Taps is a way of thanking the military for their service and for a job well done. Listen to Jari’s arrangement (for 7 trumpets) of Taps: