Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: bugles...
Paul S. Wolf
Mon, 5 Apr 1999 12:31:49 -0400
> Roy Fisher responds well to Mark Hatch's question on troop bugles
> > The music for all of the various bugle calls required for Bugling
> > merit badge are found in the Music/Bugling Merit Badge pamphlet...
> > All of the ceremonies I have seen for military funerals, Memorial
> > Day services and the like, the bugler has used a trumpet rather than
> > an actual bugle. BTW, using a trumpet also lets you "scale down"
> > the range by using the 1st and 3rd valves down.
> I will only add that the Bugling Merit badge requirements have recently
> been (re)modified to again allow the use of a trumpet or it's more
> compact twin the cornet rather than a bugle only.
> I don't know the background of the merit badge change but I assume it
> was made because many thousands of boys own trumpets for their school
> bands while, outside of scouts, almost none have need of the more
> limited musical capability of the bugle.
I don't know why they deleted that note in 1998, and restored it in
1999, but I'll bet they got LOTS of calls last year when they removed
the option of using a trumpet or cornet. At first I thought it was an
oversight, but they DID list Bugling as having a change in the 1998 Boy
Scout Requirements booklet, and that was the only thing that changed.
BTW, the music (both the sheet music and midi files) for all the bugle
calls needed for the merit badge are on line. They can be found with
the requirements for Bugling MB at:
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office - Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
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