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Live Taps Matters

Veteran's deserve Live Taps, not a recording. If not requested, a recording will be played instead.


Beautifully played Live Taps by a professional, full-time Military Funeral Honors bugler.

Don't settle for anyone except the best as your Taps Bugler!


I am a member of the Saint Louis Musician's Union Local 2-197.

As part of the Military Funeral Honors ceremony, Taps will be heard/played on a digital bugle via a recording. Sometimes a volunteer bugler will show up and play Taps with varying degrees of sound quality based on their musical training.

Playing with a beautiful, flowing sound takes acquired skill to play Live Taps properly. The notes must be connected with soft, non-harsh tone attacks. Note length for each note must be mathematically correct in relation to the notes that follow. In other words, Live Taps should sound beautiful!

Taps sounded properly can produce a sense of balance/symmetry that feels very settling and calming to the listener.


Remove the uncertainty of what to expect when Taps is sounded at your loved one's funeral service by using me. My Live Taps will always sound as it should: Beautiful flowing tone, accurate phrasing and tempo, and the last final note will fade gently into the distance...a somber farewell salute always remembered.

My fee as a Taps Bugler is $125. On short notice, I will travel up to 149 miles within the Saint Louis, Missouri area to include Illinois.


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Upon request, I can play any < Military Bugle Call > or a favorite song such as "Danny Boy," "Amazing Grace," etc., during the Military Funeral Honors ceremony.


I am Bugler Bill Hershey better known around the Saint Louis area as the Live Taps Bugler. Bugle calls and trumpet fanfares can be an important part of many special events. Whether sounding a call for attention or announcement, sounding "To The Color" at a patriotic ceremony, playing "To The Post" at a racing event, playing the National Anthem, performing "Taps" at a funeral or memorial service, or sounding "The Last Post" at ceremonies, can provide this service to you. I was a professional, highly skilled Taps Bugler with The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own) at Fort Myer, Virginia and sounded "Taps" at Arlington National Cemetery as a member of this elitist military band. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is currently where I have performed at Memorial Day and Veterans Day services in the Saint Louis area. I have sounded Taps at many funerals and church funeral services, and at Civil War related events. I also sound brilliant, attention-grabbing trumpet fanfares using a piccolo trumpet at weddings and special events.

I sound Taps in a dark suit to fit the occasion. I am available on short notice and will play beautifully in any weather condition - scorching heat or freezing cold.


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On the day requested, I will arrive at the funeral site one hour before the anticipated time of the Military Funeral Honors presentation and will coordinate Live Taps with the firing team and/or the military flag presenters.

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