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Silver Taps To Honor Two Aggies

Scot Walker '90 September 26, 2018 9:41 AM updated: November 6, 2018 8:19 AM

Silver Taps will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, to honor the memories of two recently deceased Texas A&M students. 

In case of severe weather, Silver Taps will be held at an alternate location. Watch the Traditions Council's social media for updates: @TradCouncil on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Silver Taps is a tribute paid to an Aggie who, at the time of his or her death, was enrolled in graduate or undergraduate courses at Texas A&M.

Chimes from Albritton Bell Tower will play as Aggies gather in the plaza area in front of the Academic Building. Campus will be darkened at 10:20 p.m.; then at 10:30 p.m., the silence will be split by the slow, echoing cadence of the Ross Volunteers. 

Following the firing of three volleys, six buglers from the Aggie Band, unseen in the darkness, will play a special arrangement of Taps three times—to the north, west and south—to honor the memories of these Aggies:

  • Thomas Pierce Followwill '19, a construction science major from Cuero.
  • Joseph William Little '22 from Houston.

Free parking in the University Center Garage will be available between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. For more information on parking, go

Silver Taps is a solemn and serious event, and these traditions should be honored:

  • The area between the Sul Ross statue and the Academic Building is reserved for the friends and family of the deceased.
  • Do not stand or sit on the benches lining the walkway between the flagpole and the Sul Ross statue.
  • The darkness and quiet, which cover the campus, emphasize the mood for Silver Taps. Aggies help to retain this tranquility by covering windows, keeping noise to a minimum, and walking to and from the ceremony without talking.

Formerly, Silver Taps was observed as soon as possible after the death of an Aggie. Today it is held on the first Tuesday of each month from September to April, if necessary. If the first Tuesday in September falls during the first week of the fall semester, that ceremony is held on the second Tuesday of September. Silver Taps ceremonies are not conducted during the summer when many Aggies are away from campus. 

For more information about Silver Taps, visit or contact Student Assistance Services at (979) 845-3113.

Silver Taps is one of Texas A&M's greatest traditions. We express our sincere appreciation to donors to The Association for helping support it financially.

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