Bill Hershey -- Click To Call:

636-248-1823

 

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07/12/2017
You have a choice:  LIVE TAPS or recorded DIGITAL TAPS?


Veterans deserve Live Taps, not a recording! 

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

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

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07/09/2017
TAPS BUGLER

Remove the uncertainty of what to expect when Taps is sounded at your loved one's funeral service. My Live Taps will always sound with a beautiful tone, accurate phrasing and tempo, and the final last note will fade into the distance...a somber farewell salute always remembered. 
 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 


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06/15/2017
WHERE ARE THE LIVE TAPS BUGLERS?

Answer:

Right here in Saint Louis, Missouri!

When you have selected the Funeral Home to coordinate the Military Funeral Honors service, ask your Funeral Director you want a Live Taps Bugler to play Taps instead of hearing a recording on the digital Ceremonial Bugle.

There are those that say, "we use the Ceremonial Bugle because there are no Live Taps buglers, or the Ceremonial Bugle provides for consistent sound quality." I disagree: "Skilled Live Taps Buglers are available in the Saint Louis area." Prior to March 2013, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery used competent, certified Live Taps buglers to sound Taps. I was one of those buglers. Budget cuts removed them.  

​There are Live Taps Buglers in the Saint Louis area.

Almost all of the Funeral Homes have a list of Live Taps buglers from which to choose to play Taps. There is no shortage of buglers in the Saint Louis vicinity. If I am asked to play Taps and my schedule prevents me from doing so, I will recommend one of my competent bugler associates to do so. 

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.


Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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04/03/2017

DIGITAL TAPS

 

The Ceremonial Digital Bugle is a government-approved device to deliver the sound of Taps and is used when a Live Taps Bugler is not available. 

 

Rendering Military Funeral Honors reflects the high regard and respect accorded to Military Service and demonstrates military professionalism to the nation and the world. Instead of hearing a recording coming from a Ceremonial Bugle, you can request a Live Taps Bugler. One way is through the funeral home; another way is to contact me directly.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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02/28/2017
TAPS BUGLER

 

"Taps, when it’s played by a live, professional musician, is much better than having a machine play it,” according to Jari Villanueva recently. “No matter how you think you can hold the instrument, it doesn’t really appear that you’re playing it.”
 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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08/31/2016

LIVE TAPS MATTERS - Not Electronically Played
 

Live Taps -- Nothing Sounds More Real
 

The Funeral Home's client will appreciate being asked if they want a Live Taps Bugler for the Military Funeral Honors ceremony. Echo Taps can be requested.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.


Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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06/28/2016

LIVE TAPS MATTERS
 

Yes -- Live Taps Matters -- played by a professional Taps Bugler.
 

The Funeral Home's client will appreciate you asked them if they want a Live Taps Bugler for the Military Funeral Honors ceremony. They may otherwise believe one would be there automatically, which is not usually the case.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.


Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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05/07/2016

BATTERY POWERED BUGLE

Ask for a Live Taps Bugler instead of a digital recording.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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11/18/2015
MEMORIES

A beautuful rendition of Live Taps will be a lasting memory.  Make it so by requesting a Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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10/17/2015
ASK FOR LIVE TAPS


Live Taps vs Recorded Taps? There is a distinctive difference in sound between the two. A skilled Taps Bugler for Live Taps will play a beautiful farewell salute.


Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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09/11/2015
I WANT A LIVE TAPS BUGLER

 

Ask for Live Taps instead of a recording of Taps.


Unless the family requests a Taps Bugler for Live Taps when funeral arrangements are being made, the veteran's family will almost always hear a recording of Taps at the funeral ceremony. I am certain the family will appreciate a reminder of the opportunity to have a skilled, Live Taps Bugler sounding Taps.

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |


 

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08/30/2015
FUNERAL SERVICE HANDLED WELL?


After the Funeral Service is over, a lasting memory will be the sound of Taps. When a Live Taps bugler plays it correctly and beautifully, the family will always remember the sound of the final farewell salute.

The family will be appreciative of the Funeral Director's efforts in making sure that the family had the chance to choose between Live Taps or that of the electronic digital Ceremonial Bugle.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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07/05/2015
GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICE

The Funeral Home should let the veteran's family know that a Live Taps bugler can be provided to play Taps instead of being played on a Ceremonial Bugle during Military Funeral Honors.

 

1. When asked by the Funeral Director, many families would say they want a Live Taps bugler to play Taps.

 

2.  When a competent Live Taps bugler sounds Taps, the family will always remember the beautiful sound of the final farewell salute.

 

3.  The Funeral Home will generate the intangible corporate asset known as "goodwill." A satisfied family will be more likely to recommend the Funeral Home / Funeral Director to their friends. 

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.


Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 


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05/28/2015
IS THE FAMILY HAPPY?

After the Funeral Service is over, one lasting memory will be the sound of Taps. When a Live Taps bugler plays it correctly and beautifully, the family will always remember the sound of the final farewell salute.

The family will appreciate the Funeral Director's efforts in making sure the family had the chance to choose between Live Taps or that of the digital Ceremonial Bugle.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for  Live Taps.

 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 

 

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04/23/2015
TAPS TO TAPS

 

As of March 2013, the playing of Live Taps has been replaced by a person holding a Ceremonial Bugle. There is a two-inch diameter electronic device that is inserted in its bell that sounds Taps when a button is pressed. The family will see a person holding a bugle but will hear a recording. Because the speaker is two inches in diameter, its sound output will not be the same as that of a competent Live Taps Bugler.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.


Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler  |

 


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02/12/2015
CAN ANYBODY PLAY THE BUGLE?

The hardest 24 notes to play: Live Taps

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!

Sure, with an initial few practice hours it may be possible to produce the 24 notes but the quality will be highly disagreeable / unpleasant to the people listening.

I play Taps on a symphonic orchestra-quality trumpet that is capable of producing great depth of sound, and possesses a sweetness that allows me the greatest of expression when sounding the 24 soulful notes of Taps.

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler  |

 


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01/10/2015
CEREMONIAL BUGLE

This electronic device is used during Military Funeral Honors.  Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery up until March 2013 used contract buglers for Live Taps but budget cuts resulted in them being eliminated.  Now, the Ceremonial Bugle is used by default...unless the family asks the Funeral Director to acquire the services of a Live Taps Bugler.

That is where I come in as a professional Live Taps Bugler.

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler  |

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12/09/2014
MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS 

Rendering Military Funeral Honors reflects the high regard and respect accorded to Military Service and demonstrates military professionalism to the nation and the world when sounded by a Live Taps Bugler if available. 

Funeral Directors, please let the family know that the Military Funeral Honors Program now provides for Taps played via a recording. Instead of a recording of Taps for the last salute, offer the familiy the option of having a professional bugler playing Live Taps.


Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler  |

 


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11/08/2014

SUGGESTION TO FUNERAL DIRECTORS

When meeting with the veteran's family, when you ask if their loved one was a veteran and they say yes, follow that up with a question such as, "would you want a professional Live Taps bugler to sound Taps or will hearing a digital recording on a Ceremonial Bugle be preferred?"

If you ask that question, I have got to believe most families would want a Live Taps bugler instead of the recorded sound played electronically on the Ceremonial Bugle.

Many families have a preconceived idea that the military will have a Live Taps bugler at the Military Funeral Honors ceremony.  That is almost always not the case. Instead, a digital recording will be played by pushing a "play" button on the Ceremonial Bugle.

​Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler  |


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10/07/2014

PROFESSIONAL BUGLER TIPS

1. When playing Live Taps, I point the trumpet bell 15 degrees to the left or right of the seated veteran's family. The sound will disperse slightly and sounds better to them. It helps with the sound projection when the bell is not directly pointed at them.

2.  Once the service concludes, I walk closer to the shelter/funeral tent to give the grieving family an easier opportunity for saying "thank you" for playing Live Taps. They may say nothing...and that is okay.

3.  In below freezing COLD weather, I do not fiddle with the valves on my trumpet. Doing so may cause them to freeze half way down which will make it impossible to play Live Taps. It can happen and has happened to other buglers.

 

Almost a Taps Disaster

I had a full length winter coat one blustery day and placed my mouthpiece in the right front pocket to keep it warm. When I later placed my hand into the pocket to retrieve my mouthpiece, it was no longer there!  "Where was it," I thought in a semi panicked/concerned state? As I immediately discovered, I had a small hole in the pocket that allowed the mouthpiece to slip all the way to the bottom of the coat lining near my ankle. I forcefully made the whole bigger with my fist and retrieved the mouthpiece in time to play Live Taps.

Hint: I now make sure there are no holes in my coat pocket!

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler


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10/06/2014

LESSONS LEARNED #1

One time I was positioned behind the firing party and was down wind from them. Once the third rifle volley ended, I took a deep breath before sounding Taps. I enhaled a puff of burnt powder smoke from the volleys. Fortunately, I was able to play Taps without any ill effects.

Lesson Learned:  Position myself so that the smoke residue does not waft over where I am playing Live Taps.

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler  |


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10/05/2014

TIPS ON PLAYING BEAUTIFUL LIVE TAPS

 

1. I practice a minimum 60-90 minutes daily
2. I record myself weekly in order to listen for imperfections needing improvement
3. I make sure tempo "feels" right - 57-62 seconds
4. I listen to a recording of perfect Taps on The United States Army Band web site under Bugle Calls
5. I always think about producing a beautiful sound
6. I never think about missing a note 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler


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10/03/2014

LIVE TAPS BUGLER

Being part of a funeral with Military Funeral Honors is an emotional experience never forgotten.  Often times, the veteran's family was expecting to hear a Live Taps Bugler sounding the farewell salute; instead, what is heard by default is a person pushing a button on a ceremonial bugle that plays an electronic recording of Taps. This oftentimes is a disappointment to the family as they were expecting a Live Taps Bugler.

It does not have to be like that.  Please contact me to play Live Taps.

I am available as a professional Live Taps Bugler that will play 24 beautiful notes as the final farewell salute.

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

 Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler


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10/02/2014

LIVE TAPS: THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!

 

There is nothing like the beautiful soulful live sound of a Live Taps Bugler.

​Please contact me to sound Live Taps.

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler
  |  Taps Bugler


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09/30/2014

LIVE TAPS BUGLER

  
Many veteran families do not want a recording of Taps played; instead, they prefer a Live Taps Bugler to sound the final farewell salute.  I am a professional Live Taps Bugler that will play Taps and any bugle call beautifully, or a favorite funeral-appropriate song during the Military Funeral Honors service.

Songs such as Danny Boy have been requested as well as a number of official bugle calls.

 

Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.


Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler


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09/29/2014
LIVE TAPS WEBSITE

 

There are three ways to enter my website:
1.  www.LIVETAPS.org
2.  www.LIVETAPS.net
3.  www.LIVETAPS.com

These different Live Taps internet domain names were created to facilitate remembering the internet seach to reach this Live Taps Bugler website for Military Funeral Honors.

 

​Please use me as your Taps Bugler for Live Taps.
 

Bill Hershey  |  Live Taps Bugler  |  Taps Bugler

 

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Contact Me

 

Click To Call:

636-248-1823

 

Direct Email:
wbhtrumpet@gmail.com

Business Hours

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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