Ruffles and Flourishes
Ruffles and Flourishes are sounded to render personal honors and precede prescribed music for personnel being honored. Ruffles (played by the drums) and Flourishes (played by bugle or selected brass instruments) are played simultaneously. Ruffles and Flourishes are played in the concert key of B flat when they precede the National Anthem of the United States, Hail to the Chief, and the General's March. Ruffles and Flourishes are played in the concert key of A flat when they precede Hail Columbia and the flag Officer's March.
(Source: AR600-25, 1 September 1983, Table 2-1)
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