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I am a certified, skilled Taps Bugler at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (JBNC) and was a professional trumpeter with The United States Army Band ("Pershing's Own") at Fort Myer, Virginia where my assignments included sounding Taps at Arlington National Cemetery.
During funeral arrangements with the Funeral Director, please mention you want Live Taps sounded. My fee is $150 for services at JBNC and local cemeteries. I will travel up to 300 miles from Saint Louis, Missouri.
Please consider me as your Taps Bugler for playing Live Taps and be confident that I will play a beautiful, soulful rendition for the veteran's last farewell 24 note salute.
I am not a member of Bugles Across America but am a member of the Saint Louis Musician's Union Local 2-197.
Bugler Bill Hershey is better known around the Saint Louis area as the Live Taps Bugler. Whether sounding a call for "Attention," sounding "To The Color" at a patriotic ceremony, playing "To The Post" at a racing event, playing the "National Anthem," rendering "Taps" at a funeral or memorial service, or sounding "The Last Post" at ceremonies, these calls can provide a perfect option. I was a professional, highly skilled trumpeter / 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 Live Taps at thousands of 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.
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.