Taps (2016)

Arranged by Steven Juliani


1:30 mins.


2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba


Today, Taps is most often associated with military funerals, however it was originally used to signal the end of a soldier’s day. It was in that sense that Taps was played at Cazadero Music Camp when I was a camper there in the 1970’s. Every night, Taps sounded as the night came on, each night a different arrangement. Those sounds echoed throughout the camp, nestled in the quiet redwoods on both sides of the Russian River in Northern California.

The most interesting versions of Taps were those that were less straightforward. My arrangement seems to disguise the purely triadic Taps call, but those notes are all there - just surrounded by others.

The Atlantic Brass Quintet recorded this arrangement on October 2, 2018 at the University of Iowa. For the recording, I added a traditional statement of Taps before my arrangement.

Atlantic Brass Quintet:

Thomas Bergeron, trumpet
Tim Leopold, trumpet
Seth Orgel, horn
Tim Albright, trombone
John Manning, tuba

Recorded 10/2/18
Voxman Music Building, Concert Hall at the University of Iowa
Recording engineer: James Edel
Mixed by: Judy Kirschner
Edited by: Andre Zweers