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Things You Didn’t Know About the Bugle

A Quick Nod to the Bugle

18 April 2017

In honour of Anzac Day, which takes place on the 25th of this month, we’re doing a short history of perhaps one of the world’s humblest musical instruments: the bugle.



Each year, to mark this national occasion, bugles around the country play the Last Post, sending poignant notes into the air as we remember the people who served and died in war.
 
Lest we forget.
  • The bugle doesn’t have any valves, levers or buttons. All pitch control in via the player’s positioning of their mouth.
  • The earliest recorded use of a brass bugle as a military signal instrument was in the 1700’s.
  • The earliest bugles were made of animal horns.
  • The word ‘bugle’ comes from ‘buculus’, Latin for bullock.

  • A ‘bugle call’ is a short tune originating as a military signal that announced events on a military installation or battlefield.
  • Montgomery Clift, famous American actor, learnt how to play the bugle for his role in From Here to Eternity (1953), despite knowing he’d be dubbed.
  • 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ (1941) was an iconic WWII song by The Andrews Sisters, later re-recorded by Bette Midler. Christina Aguilera’s ‘Candyman’ (2007) is also a tribute.

  • A bugle can only play 5 notes.
  • The sound a bugle makes is about 1½ notes lower than a trumpet.
  • Little horn-shaped corn chips called ‘Bugles’ are sold in many countries around the world, and have been available in 18 different flavours since being released in 1966 including Sweet & Salty Caramel, Hot Buffalo, Jalapeño Cheddar, and Coriander.

 
For more information about Anzac Day, click here.
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