History of the Bugle

Throughout the history of the Light Infantry and its sister regiment The Royal Green Jackets, the bugle has always been at the heart of each Regiment.

You only have to look at the Cap Badge which was worn by all ranks within the County Regiments, The Light Infantry, The Green Jackets and now since 2007 The Rifles, you will find the bugle at the heart of them.

The Bugle Scale The bugle has a scale range of just 5 notes, however other notes are possible which are not shown depending on how good you are as a bugler.

Origins of the Bugle

The origins of the bugle date back to the early 1500's, however it was during the American Civil War that the bugle started to be used as an instrument of war to organise and rally the soldiers as it was light and mobile and enabled important signals to be sent from all areas of the battlefield during the height of the battle instead of the previously cumbersome sidedrum.

When the soldiers were not at battle but in fact back in the relative safety of their barracks, the bugle again plays an important part of a soldiers life as it is used at certain times of the day to advise the soldiers what time it is and what needs to be done during the day in the shape of daily bugle calls.

Below are just some of the Daily Bugle calls that can be played.

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Daily Bugle Calls

Revielle would be the first bugle call to be played at the start of the day and was used to inform the soldiers it was time to get out of bed.

Revielle

1st Meal Call (Cookhouse) would be played to inform soldiers it was time to eat. This would be played at set times during the day for meals.

1st Meal Call

30 mins Warning Call would be played to inform soldiers it was approx 30 mins before they need to muster for parade.

30 mins Warning Call

15 mins Warning Call would be played to inform soldiers it was approx 15 mins before they need to muster for parade.

15 mins Warning Call

Fall in would be played to inform soldiers to fall in and muster for parade.

Fall in

Sick Parade would be played to inform soldiers who were ill or injured to go and report sick.

Sick Call

Retreat would be played at the end of the working day (normally 1800hrs) and at the same time the national and regimental flags would be lowered.

Retreat

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