Bugle Calls

Purpose of bugle calls

Bugle calls serve several purposes in the military. They are a traditional means of communication that have been used for centuries to convey orders, signal the start and end of activities, and provide a way to coordinate the movements of troops.

While traditionally played on a bugle (like a trumpet with no valves), they can be played on any brass instrument. The beauty of bugle calls is that the players doesn’t need to use any valves to play them!

Here are some of the main purposes of bugle calls:

The Last Post

A solitary bugler will play the call to signify that the last of the night’s sentries has been posted and thus everyone should now be in their homes or barrack room. Played in the service as a tribute to those who have now taken their “last posting”.

Wake-up call

Often used to wake up troops in the morning. The most famous of these calls is “Reveille,” which is played to signal the start of the day.

Assembly call

Used to gather troops for roll call or to form up for movement. The “Assembly” call is used for this purpose.

Order signal

Used to signal specific orders, such as “Charge” or “Retreat.” These calls are used to coordinate the movements of troops during battle.

Mealtime signal

Used to signal mealtimes, such as “Mess Call,” which signals that it’s time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Lights-out call

Used to signal the end of the day and the time for troops to go to bed. The “Taps” call is the most famous example of this. They serve to communicate and coordinate the movements and activities of troops in a clear and efficient manner. 

Download bugle calls

You can download sheet music for bugle calls using this link.

Leave a Comment