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Taps Across America

The National Moment of Remembrance

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The National Moment of Remembrance is an annual event that asks Americans, wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, to pause for a duration of one minute to remember those who have died in military service to the United States.

The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying time off from work for the national holiday. The Moment was first proclaimed in May 2000 for Memorial Day that year, and was put in law by the United States Congress in December 2000.

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Taps Across America In The News

We have partnered with Steve Hartman of CBS News once again for 2021.

2021 Performers

A few of the over 5,000 people who sounded Taps worldwide.

Missouri

Houston, TX

Dubuque, IA

Wooster OH

Billerica Massachusetts

Dallas TX

2020 Performers

Vale, OR

Ellsworth, ME

Ellsworth, ME

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Fairport, NY

Taps Across America 2020

San Antonio, TX

Pasadena, CA

Taps sounded at cemetery

South Carolina

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Our mission at TAPS FOR VETERANS is to provide an opportunity for buglers or trumpet players to sound Taps for military veteran’s funerals and ceremonies. With the military unable to provide live buglers for every military funeral and ceremony, TAPS FOR VETERANS is assisting to help provide that much needed service.

We match buglers with families of veterans who wish to honor them with the sounding of Taps. We are standing ready to serve once again, just make your request and we will do our best to fulfill it.

The Patriot Brass Ensemble was established to improve the quality of life for veterans and military families through musical programs and services. At the core of our values is the belief that every member of the military deserves the best music, without prejudice, and with passion and integrity.

Our mission is to create a better quality of life for the veterans of the greater New York City region. We perform over 100 times a year in parade, ceremonies, private, and public events. The heart of our mission is our free performances in long term care facilities for veterans.

Steve Hartman brings viewers moving stories from the unique people he meets in his weekly award-winning feature segment “On the Road” — which airs every Friday on the “CBS Evening News” and repeats on “CBS Sunday Morning.” “On the Road” is modeled after the long-running, legendary series of the same name originally reported by one of America’s greatest TV storytellers, the late newsman Charles Kuralt.

Steve Hartman is a CBS News correspondent based in New York, a role he has held since 1998, having served as a part-time correspondent for the previous two years.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world’s oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills met “to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution [and] to devise ways and means by which it might be improved.” For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity’s Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession or by working to advance the cause of music in America.


The mission:
The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater.

We are military buglers who perform Taps and other bugle calls for America’s finest: Military Veterans.

We service Houston and it’s surrounding areas.

All of our buglers are current or degreed music majors. So, you can be positive that Taps will be played at the  highest level.


We play real trumpets or bugles when we perform Taps.

We are volunteer Buglers who sound LIVE “Taps” for our Veterans during Military Funeral Honors and other events such as Memorial Day, 9/11, Veterans Day, etc.

Under the direction of James Olcott and boasting a vast repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to the present, the TCTE has given numerous successful performances and is in demand for appearances around the region. For variety, the ensemble also boasts two smaller trumpet ensembles,  a jazz group of six trumpets, and is augmented by timpani, a jazz rhythm section, and occasional low brass.

Bugler Bill Hershey is better known around the Saint Louis area as the Live Taps Bugler. 

Formerly a trumpeter and Taps Bugler with The United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own) at Fort Myer, Virginia, he has sounded “Taps” at Arlington National Cemetery as a member of this elite military band.

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is currently where he performs at Memorial Day and Veterans Day services in the Saint Louis area. He has sounded Live Taps at thousands of funeral services, and at Civil War related events. 

 He will travel up to 300 miles from Saint Louis, Missouri to sound Taps.

The Patriot Brass Ensemble was established to improve the quality of life for veterans and military families through musical programs and services. At the core of our values is the belief that every member of the military deserves the best music, without prejudice, and with passion and integrity.

Our mission is to create a better quality of life for the veterans of the greater New York City region. We perform over 100 times a year in parade, ceremonies, private, and public events. The heart of our mission is our free performances in long term care facilities for veterans.

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