Taps (Last Post) for Concert Band

By: Arranged by Keith Terrett
For: Concert band / wind band
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Arranged by Keith Terrett
Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Classical music
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An arrangement of Taps for Concert Band.

The tune is a variation of an earlier bugle call known as the Scott Tattoo which was used in the U.S. from 1835 until 1860, and was arranged in its present form by the Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, an American Civil War general and Medal of Honor recipient who commanded the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division in the V Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac while at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, in July 1862 to replace a previous French bugle call used to signal "lights out". Butterfield’s bugler, Oliver Wilcox Norton, of East Springfield, Pennsylvania, was the first to sound the new call. Within months, "Taps" was used by both Union and Confederate forces. It was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874.

"Taps" concludes many military funerals conducted with honors at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as hundreds of others around the United States. The tune is also sounded at many memorial services in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater and at grave sites throughout the cemetery.

Captain John C. Tidball, West Point Class of 1848, started the custom of playing taps at military funerals. In early July 1862 at Harrison’s Landing, a corporal of Tidball’s Battery A, 2nd Artillery, died. He was, Tidball recalled later, “a most excellent man.” Tidball wished to bury him with full military honors, but, for military reasons, he was refused permission to fire three guns over the grave. Tidball later wrote, “The thought suggested itself to me to sound taps instead, which I did. The idea was taken up by others, until in a short time it was adopted by the entire army and is now looked upon as the most appropriate and touching part of a military funeral.” As Tidball proudly proclaimed, “Battery A has the honor of having introduced this custom into the service, and it is worthy of historical note.”

It became a standard component to U.S. military funerals in 1891.

"Taps" is sounded during each of the 2,500 military wreath ceremonies conducted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier every year, including the ones held on Memorial Day. The ceremonies are viewed by many people, including veterans, school groups, and foreign officials. "Taps" also is sounded nightly in military installations at non-deployed locations to indicate that it is "lights out", and often by Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides to mark the end of an evening event such as a campfire.

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A Tenor Saxophonist Goes Ballroom Dancing, Air on the G String from the Suite No. 3 in D for English Horn & String Orchestra, Air on the G string for C Trombone Duo, Air on the G string for Clarinet Duo, Air on the G string for Bassoon Duo, Air on the G string for Trumpet Duo, Rondo Alla Turca for Bassoon & Piano, Tico-Tico no fubá for Bb Trumpet, C Trombone & Piano, Tico-Tico no fubá for Saxophone Quartet (2 Altos, Tenor & Baritone), Turkish & Northern Cypriot National Anthem ''Istiklâl Marşı'' for String Orchestra (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Vedrò con mio diletto Aria: from the opera "Il Giustino" for Eb Alto Saxophone & Keyboard, Forgotten Moments for Young Concert/Wind Band, Vedrò con mio diletto Aria:from the Opera ''Il Giustino" for C Euphonium & Keyboard, Be Thou My Vision (Hymn Tune: Slane) for Brass Band Quintet, Also Sprach Zarathustra Rocks! (2001 A Space Odyssey) for Bb Trumpet & Organ (Pro version), Vedrò con mio diletto Araia: from the opera "Il Giustino"for Flute & Keyboard, Amazing Grace for Oboe & Piano, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary Op. 6 No. 5; for Two Trumpets & Organ (Pro) no pedals, No 1 of Trois Gnossiennes for C Trombone, Euphonium & Piano (Pro version), For all the Saints (Sine Nomine) for Brass Quintet & Percussion, 3 & 1/4 Classic Favourites for Five Brass!, More Palatino (Four Variations) for Saxophone Sextet, Amazing Grace for Bassoon & Piano, Tico-Tico no fubá for Flute, Bassoon & Piano, Czardas for Flute & Concert Band, Sāre Jahāṉ se Acchā - سارے جہاں سے اچھا ( Indian Patriotic song) for Brass Quintet & Percussion, Little Brown Jug for Clarinet Quintet + (Jazz for 5 Wind Series), Lullaby for a Tenor Saxophonist, Keyboard & Double/E.Bass, Danish Royal Anthem for Brass Quintet, Keep the Fire Alive for Bb Soprano Saxophone & Concert Band, Thai National Anthem for Flexible Band & Percussion (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Moonlight Serenade for Tuba Quintet (Jazz for Just 5 Brass Series) , Moonlight Serenade (Glen Miller) for Saxophone Ensemble (Sop,Alto,Tenor, Bari & Bass) - Jazz for 5 Wind Series, Moonlight Serenade (Glen Miller) for Brass Quintet (Jazz for 5 Brass Series), Four Early Jazz Classics from the USA! for Clarinet Choir, That’s A Plenty for Clarinet Quintet (2 Bb’s, 1 Alto, 1 Bass & 1 Contra Bass in Bb), 7 julsangs (Xmas carols) for Saxophone Quartet - popular in Norway, 7 julsangs Trombone Quartet (Norwegian Christmas carols), Guyanese National Anthem for Brass Quintet (MFAO World National Anthem Series), Cwm Rhondda for 2 Oboes & English Horn, Frankie & Johnny for Clarinet Quintet, Frankie & Johnny for Bb Tenor Saxophone, Frankie & Johnny for Bb Bass Clarinet & Piano, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Vibraphone & Piano (''Keith Terrett Jazz for Vibraphone Series''), Allegro from the Concerto for Trumpet for Eb Tenor Horn & KB, Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Bb Soprano Saxophone & Piano (Keith Terrett Jazz for Wind Series), Für Elise Boogie Woogie for Saxophone Quintet (Jazz for 5 Saxophones Series), Hello Dolly for Brass Quintet & Drum set (Jazz for 5 Brass Series), That’s A Plenty (Dixieland style) for Classical Brass Quintet (Jazz for 5 series), Pachelbel’s Canon for 7 Bb Soprano Saxophones & 1 Bass Saxophone, Pachelbel’s Canon for Tuba Octet, Nimrod for Classical Brass Quintet, Dominican Republic National Anthem for Brass Quintet, Kokoda Trail (the) March for Brass Band, Allegro from the Trumpet Concerto for Eb Sopranini Saxophone & Keyboard, Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Nabucco ("Va, pensiero" ) for Trombone (low brass) Quintet, Una Furtiva Lagrima for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Fugue for 6 Clarinets, Prelude from the Te Deum for C Trombone & Organ (Pro-version), Eternal Father Strong, to Save for Trombone Quartet (low brass), Fugue for 6 Flutes , An Eb Alto Saxophonist Goes Ballroom Dancing, Come Back To Sorrento (Torna a Surriento) for C Trombone & Piano, What Shall We Do With The Drunken French Horn Player?, A Clarinettist Goes Ballroom Dancing for Bb Clarinet & Piano, Come Back To Sorrento for Bb Soprano Saxophone & Piano, Mattinata for Bb Soprano Saxophone & Piano, March from Scipio for Brass Quartet, optional KB & Percussion, Allegro from the Water Music for a quartet of Oboes & Horns with Concert Band, March from ’Judas Maccabaeus’ for Oboe Quartet, Keyboard & Percussion, March from ’Judas Maccabaeus’ for Trombone Quartet & optional KB & Percussion, Gollidoll’s Cake-Walk for Clarinet Sextet, Trumpet Tune from the Island Princess for Trombone Quintet, Trumpet Tune from the Island Princess for Flute Quintet/Choir, Trumpet Tune from the Island Princess for Wind Quintet, Children's Corner Suite for Saxophone Septet, Amazing Grace for Clarinet Quintet +, Cwm Rhondda for Saxophone Quartet/Quintet S, A, T, Bari & Contra Bass, Paddy’s Day (St. Patrick’s Day) March for Concert/Wind Band, Dido’s Lament for Bb Trumpet, Lute & Keyboard ( "When I am laid in earth''), El tamborilero for Brass Quartet, Papua New Guinea National Anthem (O Arise all You Sons) for Brass Quintet (MFAO World National Anthem Series), The Saint’s Visit Havana with a Touch of W.A.Mozart for Bb Trombone-Euphonium (TC), Night Flight to Buenos Aires for Trombone Quartet, Caymanian National Song ’’Beloved Isle Cayman’’ for Brass Quintet (MFAO World National Anthem Series), SUO-GAN for French Horn & Piano, American Military Marching Songs for Concert/Wind Band (Keith Terrett Classic March Collection), Night Flight to Barcelona (Vuelo nocturno a Cartagena) for Concert /Wind Band (Keith Terrett Classic March Collection), Don’t Get Around Much Anymore for Brass Quintet, Lost Patrol March (The) for Concert/Wind/Symphonic Band (Keith Terrett Classic March Collection), Lassus Trombone for Trombone & Brass Quartet, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary Opus 6 No.5 for 2 Bb Trumpets & Piano (Young player version) in Eb, 3 & 1/4 Classic Favourites for Five Clarinets! ( 4 Bbs & Bass), Vesti La Giubba for Flute & Piano, Mattinata (Morning song) for Bb Trumpet & Piano, Twenty Minute Tango for Bb Trumpet & Piano., Londonderry Air for Concert/Wind Band, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba for two Vibraphones & String Orchestra, 7 julsangs for Clarinet Quartet (Norwegian Christmas carols) 2 Bb, 1 Alto + 1 Bass, Stanley Trumpet Voluntary for Two Bb Trumpets & Piano in C (Semi-Pro), Czardas for solo Trumpet & Piano (Lower version), United States of America National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner) for String Orchestra, Declamation for Bassoon & Piano, The Gypsy Tuba Player in New Orleans (Eb Treble Clef), Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Nabucco ( "Va, pensiero") for Oboe Quintet, Fallen Heroes for Young Concert Band - Alfred Symphonic Series, March from Scipio in Bb for Flexible Band (School Band Series), The Gypsy Oboist in New Orleans , Träumerei for C Trombone/ Euphonium & Piano, Träumerei for Solo Bassoon & Piano, Träumerei in F for Saxophone Ensemble S,S,A,T, & B, Beyond the End of Time for Two Bb Trumpets & Concert Band, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for two Bassoons & Piano, Havana Rhubarb Rumba for two Bb Trumpets & Piano and Crusades Suite (The) for Symphonic Wind/Concert Band

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