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Recall played on the bugle by a member of the United States Army Band

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Recall is a bugle call used to signals to soldiers that duties or drills are to cease,[1] or to indicate that a period of relaxation should end. Outside of a military context, it is used to signal when a game should end, such as a game of capture the flag among scouts.

Bugle Calls Recall


Like other bugle calls, "recall" is a short tune that originated as a military signal announcing scheduled and certain non-scheduled events on a military installation, battlefield, or ship. Historically bugle calls indicated the change in daily routines of camp. A defining feature of a bugle call is that it consists only of notes from a single overtone series. This is in fact a requirement if it is to be playable on a bugle or equivalently on a trumpet without moving the valves.


  1. Rabbai, George (1998). Mel Bay presents Infantry bugle calls of the American Civil War. Mel Bay Publications. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-7866-3308-1. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 

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