LIVE: Jari Villanueva’s Tribute to “Taps” @ Union College, 5/19/12

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Did you know that the military bugle call “Taps” has roots in Schenectady? It was composed by Union College alumnus General Daniel Butterfield 150 years ago.

To commemorate the historic anniversary, military historian and conductor Jari Villanueva led a 15-member brass band composed of faculty members, students and local musicians in a concert at Union College’s Memorial Chapel. The concert included many songs from the Civil War-era, including the President Lincoln Inauguration March.

At the conclusion of the concert, Villanueva played “Taps” in front of the Nott Memorial. This was followed by a spectacular display of fireworks.

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