From the 3rd Regiment Bugler

JAN. 15, 2015

See Attachment :


Attached you will find the new 2015 Musician’s Manual for 3rd Regiment. This was created in an effort to provide more structure and guidance, and a level of assessment, as we try to implement more and more field music. The past year or so has been mostly a fact-finding and relationship building exercise, where I’ve made contacts enough to compose this document and once any recruitment efforts prove successful we can call upon those who are experienced to assist us where necessary. Even longer than it took to implement the bugle into the regiment, it will take twice as long to form a cohesive group of quality musicians who are trained up. I ask you to review and ask any questions. Refer to this when approached or send any potential recruits my way.

NOV. 14, 2014

Friends of 3rd Regiment: 

       Yet another year has gone, and we plan ahead to 2015. I’ve been rather quiet this year as it relates to the bugle calls and the associated reminders, but mostly by design. The first two years were very educational for everyone, but I needed time enough to lay back and observe what might need improvement and I really have to say I’m blown away. Everyone has learned the most basic calls to an impressive level, and it shows in the field. We are the only regiment in the ANV (most Confederate organizations, at that) to maneuver by bugle to, from, and on the field. My cap’s off to you! 

       Looking ahead to 2015 I’ve developed (with help, of course) a structured program to provide guidance for those just starting, or wanting to join as a musician. I will send that out and its details at a later date, so please be on the lookout.  

       Lastly, I encourage everyone to send me ideas on what they’d like to see new for 2015. Want to see new bugle calls implemented, even those not typically needed/used? Want to hear more about the role of field music, historical references, types of bugles/instruments, or why I do what I do? Let me know. I encourage you to email me those ideas and I’ll work my best to ensure it’s addressed ( 

Until we see each other again I remain


Sgt. Paul Dean

3rd Regiment, Chief Musician

1st SC Co K

MAY 15, 2014 

Friends of 3rd Regiment:

The activities during 150th Wilderness/Spotsylvania were brisk, and in all it was a great and fun weekend. I want to extend my ‘Thanks’ to everyone in your efforts, and to our company commanders who have done a great job in allowing their units to experience the bugle calls throughout the weekend. Without everyone’s buy-in, this couldn’t work. I’ll say it again, to be the only Regiment on the field for the division with a functional bugler of this capacity and to execute the way you all did was nothing short of exceptional and impressive. My hat’s off to everyone.

In my efforts to find the right people in the right place to get our field music a little kick-start, Noah Crawford of 19th VA Co. B will be our new Lead Drummer. In order for this to move forward we need someone who has proven themselves and Noah has shown great improvement over the years in his abilities. I’ll look to him to help in training our new and new-er drummers in the rudiments and where they need to be and when. We’ll work together to get this off the ground, but it’ll take some time as has the bugling.

I look forward to seeing everyone in attendance at Staunton River Bridge next month!


Paul Dean

Chief Musician

3rd Regiment, ANV

1st SC, Co. K

JANUARY 15TH, 2014

Friends of 3rd Regiment:

Details have been posted regarding the upcoming 2014 National Civil War Field Music School held at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum. This is a weekend event in June 6-8. No watch is needed; the entire weekend is regulated by camp drum and bugle schedule from Reveille to Lights Out and then some. The registration fee includes your meals and lodging on the grounds, and a weekend full of learning opportunities. I would STRONGLY encourage those thinking of joining up as a musician and wanting to know how to play their respective instrument to attend this event, the volunteer teachers and directors are very proficient and knowledgeable, seasoned musicians. The weekend is closed out by a full dress parade by the respective instrumentation. More information about the event and registration can be found at

If you don’t expect to attend, or can’t, but still want to know more specifics about the duties of the field musician, rudiments, or are looking for music sheets, there is a great link on the page with many period resources.

Again, I encourage everyone to review the calls prior to hitting the field for the first event of the New Year in an effort to brush up and keep up. As always, if you’re ever stumped or have questions please ask; I’m also a resource. 


Paul Dean

Chief Musician

3rd Regiment, ANV

DECEMBER 15TH, 2013 

Friends of 3rd Regiment:

2013 saw us institute even more calls, and it’s become noticeable that everyone is starting to get the idea behind it all. Thank you for your patience since day 1 in getting these all implemented and understood. Looking ahead to 2014 you can expect to see more opportunities to learn about music in camp and on the field, rank structure and expectations, regimental musician duties, and much more as it relates to the significance of a little known or focused upon topic in the hobby today. Please note that there are changes to the structure on the horizon, and those will be communicated as they become available. 

NOTE: I will be aggressively pursuing a lead drummer at the very least. This’ll be someone who wants to be dedicated to field music and expanding their talents, or has already refined their abilities in the area of music and/or the period drum.  Know somebody? Send ‘em my way after you’ve recruited them to your unit, please.

I encourage everyone to review the calls prior to hitting the field for the first event of the New Year in an effort to brush up and keep up. As always, if you’re ever stumped or have questions please ask; I’m also a resource. 


Paul Dean

Chief Musician

3rd Regiment, ANV 

FEBRUARY 15, 2013

To help in the planning stages as we get more organized in the area of field music I will be putting together an informal roll of musicians within the regiment. I would urge you to have any musician within your unit contact me, if possible, so that we can exchange information as this will also mean materials, recommendations, and scheduling can be distributed prior to and between events.

The new details and registration information have been released on the 2013 National Civil War Field Music School in NJ. The registration fee has been lowered, to start at $50 through March 1, going up from there. This includes housing, five period meals, and all instruction (total of 9 hours throughout the weekend). This will be an authentic garrison, immersion-style event. The weekend will be regulated completely by bugle/drum. If able to go I would highly encourage any level of musician to attend. For all registration information and downloadable manuals from the period, go to

Reminder: I'm still looking for a potential lead drummer who wants to take on the task of assisting in getting this off the ground.


Paul Dean

3rd Regt Bugler 

JANUARY 15, 2013

Hello all,

    To help organize the field music I'm looking to find a dedicated drummer to help lead and instruct the drummers currently in the regiment throughout the reenacting season. Strict orders will be given never to beat a drum prior to its scheduled occurrence! And if so, said drummer will have to fend for himself and suffer any consequences, tree ropings and all. That said, they need to have an understanding of the drumming rudiments. I can teach field placement and authenticity standards, but they MUST have an understanding of the basic rudiments and be able to play with proficiency. Special consideration given to any who is familiar already with reenacting in general, or can learn the camp calls rather quickly (Reveille and Taps sequence, Assembly, etc).

    We have some regular drummers out there and they could use some guidance that goes beyond what I can provide. For the one who brings me a qualified drummer willing to take this on, has a 12 pack in it of his choice. Let me know at the soonest, I'd like to have someone in place prior to the Brenstville COI, where I expect to be going over plenty of material with our musicians.


Paul Dean

3rd ANV Bugler


Hi All:

I've recently been adding this information to the regimental Facebook page, but since not everyone has access or visits Facebook, this is an attempt to get the information out to the masses. Please pass this along to your units, this is to use in between events to help keep things fresh. Because the bugling is still very new to everyone I want to keep this updated and in front of everyone as much as possible in an effort to really engage in something that will separate the 3rd Regiment from every other. My goal, again, is to be used in a functional capacity. As I update the attachment periodically I'll send out to everyone.


The latest updates to the document are adding these calls:

The Recall

School Call (for impromptu meetings or history talks at living history events)

Orders for Orderly Sergeants (morning reports)

and Drill Call

 Assembly will no longer be used to signal the start of battalion or company drill. Bear with me as we all try to learn, this'll take some time and patience. Remember, back then these calls were played and recognized daily. We only see each other every now and again so it's important to keep things fresh, and this is an attempt at doing just that.


Again, please pass this along and if you have questions please let me know. At the very bottom is a link to a website where you can listen to the calls as well.

Paul Dean

Regimental Bugler


The below calls you may expect to hear in camp or on the field. Check back occasionally as more will be added throughout the reenacting season. In total there are 50 calls to memorize, however we will not have a need for all of them. Remember, 150 years ago these calls were played without end every day and recognized daily, therefore remembered more easily.

 General Calls/Camp Calls

Attention – Preliminary signal to alert troops other calls would soon follow. When at rest in camp or on the march, this call would immediately cause a soldier to take his place in the ranks at attention.

 The General – To any soldier within an infantry encampment this call was very important as it meant that a great change was about to occur. Immediately when hearing the call soldiers were to strike tents, break camp, and be ready to march.

 The Assembly – This was the signal for men to fall in and form ranks. It was sounded for roll calls, but was also used to assemble troops for dress parades and inspections. After The General was sounded, The Assembly would form the soldiers by company, and then unite by battalion for the march.

To the Color – To bring companies up to the color line and form battalions for inspections or dress-parades. It was also sounded for ceremonies honoring the national colors. Whenever sounded at the head of the march it signaled the troops to prepare for action.

**During the course of a reenactment weekend the calls above will be sounded in succession to form on the line for dress-parades, inspections and battle scenarios, or battalion drill.

“15-minute warning” – Attention; The General

“5 minute warning” – The Assembly

Formation – To the Color

 The Reveille – From French word reveiller, meaning to wake or awaken. In camp, however, it was not the first call to awaken soldiers at sunrise. The Reveille was sounded as soon as companies were assembled for morning roll call, and then in concert by all buglers assembled at main headquarters. When the last note was finished the 1st sergeants would call the roll.

 Tattoo – This call was sounded when the men were formed by companies for the final roll call of the day. Soldiers were then dismissed and essentially confined to quarters for the remainder of the night.

 Extinguish Lights – Very last call played to end the day. Served as the final warning for the soldier to discontinue all activities and extinguish lights. This call preceded the known “Butterfield’s Taps”, commonly heard at funerals and in ceremony today.

At the end of battle scenarios, when required and where appropriate, this will be the call you will hear and have heard to call truce. Church Call is also in use to call truce between sides to end the battle.

Officer’s Call – Used to assemble officers in camp or in the field when their presence is required by the commanding officer.

This call will be sounded 5 minutes prior to the required meeting time at Regimental HQ.

Sick Call – Also known as Surgeon’s Call. Sounded in front of the surgeon’s tent soon after breakfast.

When our Surgeon or Assistant Surgeon set up a time for sick call, this will be sounded 5 minutes prior to the allotted time, when arranged in advance.

Church Call – Primarily, this was the call to worship but was sometimes used to call a truce between sides for the purpose of gathering the dead and wounded.

School Call – This signal was sounded to summon soldiers designated at roll call to attend the schools organized in many of the fixed camps, as many men in the ranks could not read or write.

**This will be sounded more at living history events, where there is a scheduled/impromptu history discussion for the education of the regiment.

 Drill Call – This call was sounded at headquarters to signal the start of battalion, or brigade drill.

**Assembly will no longer be used to indicate the start of drill.

 Orders for Orderly Sergeants – This was sounded some time after morning roll call to summon all first sergeants to headquarters where they would submit morning reports to the adjutant and receive orders for the day.

The Recall – The Recall was used in camp and in battle. It was sounded to summon troops back to the main battalion for further instructions or dismissal from drill. In battle it was used to recall troops already deployed back to the main or reserve battalions.

 Calls for Skirmishers

*These may also be used on the march.

 Fix Bayonets

Unfix Bayonets

Deploy as Skirmishers


In Retreat


By the Right Flank

By the Left Flank

Commence Firing

Cease Firing

Wheel Right

Wheel Left

Rally by Fours

 In the field with multiple buglers it could often become confusing as to which battalion/regiment/company the call was intended for. Prelude calls were written (but not musically documented) and played to inform the soldiers the next call would be intended for their line or formation. When the need arises for a 3rd Regiment Prelude Call one will be written and implemented. Until that time please be aware the position of the Regimental Bugler is with the commanding officer to his left and rear and pay attention!

 Recordings of Bugle Calls