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February 5, 2011 Alan's bugle fascinates me. Such a compact instru- ment. Such a distinct and mellow sound. Alan has played taps on this bugle for several years. You have heard him at Memorial Day ceremo- nies here in town and at veterans' funerals. What I've always wanted to know was where it came from. Mt. Pulaski Times Alan Roos & That Bugle Alan purchased this bugle in Germany. He and Margie had taken a trip to Europe in 1979. While they were in Kassel, Germany he came across a sporting - hunting shop. Inside he found several "fox & hounds" bugles. Alan said he "tried them all" and liked the tone of this one the best. It was not as shrill as other hunting horns. Back in 1979 the horn cost Alan 92 Marks... about $50. Until he purchased this horn, Alan had used a coro- net to play taps. Once back home in Chestnut, he set about to give the horn its ultimate test. He set up a tape recorder on his lawn and recorded taps off the new bugle and compared it to his coronet. He judged the bugle's B-flat as the sound he was looking for. For 32-years that % 5 has been his instrument of choice when called on to play taps. The very compact bugle is wrapped in green. When asked about the wrapping, Alan said it came that way. He added that he no longer has the exact figures, but if the little bugle were "straight- ened out" it would be - more or less - about three feet long. How long has Alan been playing taps for ceremonies and funer- als? His first performance was for a Memorial Day Ceremony in 1944... over 65-years ago. He was 12-years-old and performed taps at the Laenna Cemetery for the Chestnut American Legion. I mentioned to Alan that I have always found it very moving to hear taps and bagpipes at ceremo- nies and funerals. Alan replied with a question... did I know why bagpipers keep walking when they played the pipes?... They're trying to get away from the sound. I'll be awaiting a response from our local Scotsman Guy Irvin. It takes a great deal of skill to play taps on the bugle.., no valves. But Alan brushes that comment aside with the comment - "It's the only tune I know". And, Alan knows it very, very weft. By Mike Laldn Times Photos 00_speednet introducing all-new speed packages now up to mb downloads The speed you need at the price you want to pay Surf, email, shop, bank, and play all from the comfort of your home Starting at s19 ', per month Always on No phone lines needed Share with all your computers Ask about our 2-year price guarantee Call now for information on all packages and pricing 800-887-1234 Have power when the power goes out with our Guardian Standby Generators When the power goes out.., and it will... You can depend on our Guardian Standby Generators for automatic back-up power Fully Automatic 24/7 Protection Permanent Better Than Portables Dave Bassett- John Wyss 105 E. Jefferson St. - Mt. Pulaski lic. #058-12-1898 792-5593