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Daniel Butterfield is known for creating the classic bugle song “Taps,” but some people might be surprised to know his local tie to Union College. Those ties and other aspects of his life were discussed at a recent Schenectady Historical Society presentation by Frank Taormina.

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Tapping the roots of ‘Taps’

Historical Society hosts talk on Butterfield’s bugle call, local ties

Most people would recognize the famed military bugle call “Taps,” but Schenectady County’s connection to the song isn’t as well known as the tune.


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