|Seaman 2nd Class Robert Willwerth played this Navy Bugle while he was stationed at Naval Station Great Lakes in 1946.
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The bugle in the NMAS collection dates from the 1940's and is similar to bugles used here at Great Lakes in 1911.
What exactly is a Bugle? A
regulation U.S. Navy bugle is made of brass and is in the Key of "G". A bugle has five key parts, which include the mouthpiece, the tube, the bell tube, the bell, and the tuning slide.
The official "
Manual for Buglers
", originally dating from 1919, is one in a series of Navy Training Courses prepared by the Bureau of Naval Personnel. This was meant, "
to help the Bugler to learn his duties in minimum time." Designed for self-study, there are six chapters, The Bugler, Sounding the Bugle, Reading Music, Starting your Practice, Bugle Practice, and The Calls.
What exactly does a Bugler do? The bugle is used as a warning call for the ship. According to the manual, there are over 100 different calls including two of the most recognizable,
. The calls are broken up into three main categories: Routine, Emergency, and Routine and Emergency. An example of a "Routine" call would be
Attention to orders
an "Emergency call" would be
Torpedo Defense Quarters.
In addition, a sample of a "Routine and Emergence Call" would be
which would be "sounded as a signal to secure the ship below the water line for the night during maneuvers or fog."
Today, the bugle is still used and its sound is distinctly recognizable.
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