Talk:Bugle call

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US-centric section[edit]

As near as I can make out, the section giving examples only deals with US military bugle calls. As exemplified by articles such as Bugle calls of the Norwegian Army, each nation has its own set of calls, which are often quite different. Not being an expert, I'm not sure of the best way to solve this though (and may be wrong, too). -Kieran (talk) 06:11, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

This being the English Wikipedia, I think the present arrangement will do nicely until someone comes along with a better one. The tagged section mentions two specifically British calls: Alarm, and the Rouse. Bugle calls "in other languages" are accessible at 'See also'. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 14:10, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Tunes, not songs[edit]

Even though some bugle calls may have parody lyrics (perhaps in aid of helping recruits make sense of them,) they are more properly called "tunes" or "melodies" than "songs," since their primary function is instrumental, not vocal. _ Just plain Bill 02:54, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

A question: Does anybody know who wrote any of these melodies, and when? -- Particulaly the "Post Call" -- ? (talk) 01:13, 8 July 2009 (UTC)

"Foreign" calls[edit]

In cases where forces using bugle calls were in opposition or supposed to act cooperatively, did anybody have responsibility for recognising and reporting the foreign calls? MarkMLl (talk) 09:38, 26 October 2008 (UTC)

Suggest making separate articles for each call[edit]

The article as it is now is a bit cluttered, and also really not organized encyclopedically. I suggest we make a separate article for each call, and then list all those articles, with a few explanatory notes, in a section within this main article. What thinks? MatthewVanitas (talk) 04:01, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Sure, why not? Easier to navigate that way, yes? __Just plain Bill (talk) 05:52, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
Frankly I don't see the point in having essentially a "stub" article for each of what could be several dozen individual bugle calls.
It seems like a more encyclopedic, useful, and efficient approach would be to have a single List of Common Bugle Calls. This should be grouped by country, and include each call's staff notation, an audio sample in a common format (eg., WAV or MP3), and a line about common usage.
The list could then be linked in this article. It would make a lot more sense to have a single location for all examples, rather than the current situation is which one might have to access multiple articles of one call each. Such a list would also provide a motivation to provide similar information for every call -- right now some calls have staff notation while other don't; some have audio examples in weird formats; others don't have any audio example; etc. (talk) 01:02, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Removed "wikify" and "tone" tags[edit]

Nice going so far... In this diff I took off the "wikify" tag, although perhaps a few more links in the lead paragraph might be useful. I also removed the breathless prose that prompted the "tone" tag, along with the tag itself. __Just plain Bill (talk) 16:06, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

audio samples[edit]

this page should have audio samples of bugle calls as well as the musical notation. here's a sample audio sample page. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:07, 16 June 2009 (UTC)

Bold Names[edit]

Unless there's a reason or difference I'm not seeing, either all of the names of the calls should be bold or none of them should be. Anyone have strong feelings either way? Chazchaz101 (talk) 08:19, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

All bold will make the page easier to scan, in my opinion. __ Just plain Bill (talk) 15:36, 5 March 2010 (UTC)


The main article is short details that flesh out the history of bugle calls. Particularly useful would be who and when was the call first originated. What is the call musically and the memory words that go with it. Many would like this about the ubiquitus "Taps". As a contribution, I recall my personal favorite. Mess Call. "Soupy. Soupy. Soupy. Come and get your grub." repeated three times, then "Come and get it." I am partially incomplete with my least favorite, Reveille. "I can't get em up" repeated three times, then "... in the morning." then I go blank. Selective memory of an old man, I would guess. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ghigley (talkcontribs) 16:32, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Discrepancy in To The Colors[edit]

The score presented for To The Colors does not correspond to the audio file; specifically, the printed score is missing a few measures near the end as compared with the audio. I don't have the software to create a new picture - would someone be able to fix this either by creating a new image or providing a different recording? NehpestTheFirst (talk) 06:53, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

The image is incorrect; it is missing four measures. The part after the last breath mark could be written as D.C. al fine with the fine at the second breath mark. I think it is more usually written out as one line without the D.C., though. I might be able to do some cutting and pasting in Inkscape... Jazzmanian, are you still around? Is there a more convenient way to fix this? __ Just plain Bill (talk) 13:12, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
I came here to say the same thing. -- (talk) 02:37, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

French calls[edit]

To have informations about French military signals, go to this page : <'ordonnance>. You'll find the best links about "céleustique", it's the French word for military signals to avoid confuse with military music. About French military songs, you can see this page : <>. --Silvestrik (talk) 14:40, 26 April 2014 (UTC)