When the pallbearers lift the casket from the hearse, the escort commander commands "PRESENT,
ARMS". The drum major SALUTES.
The band plays Honors, if required, followed by a hymn or sacred song. The band gradually
decreases volume and ceases playing at the end of a phrase when the casket enters the chapel.
The band commander FACES ABOUT and SALUTES. Instruments remain in the playing position.
When the escort commander commands "ORDER, ARMS", the band commander and drum major
TERMINATE THEIR SALUTES. Band members execute INSTRUMENTS DOWN in cadence
with the command "ORDER, ARMS".
The escort commander commands "AT EASE".
19. Departure of the Hearse.
After the chapel service, the escort commander commands "ATTENTION".
When the casket comes into view, the escort commander commands "PRESENT, ARMS". The
drum major SALUTES and the band plays Honors if required.
The band plays a hymn or sacred song until the casket is secured on the hearse.
Upon completion of the hymn, the band commander FACES ABOUT, and SALUTES. Instruments
remain in the playing position.
The escort commander commands "ORDER, ARMS". The band commander and drum major
TERMINATE THEIR SALUTES and CHANGE POSTS. Band members execute INSTRUMENTS
DOWN in cadence at the command "ORDER, ARMS".
On the command of the escort commander the entire formation faces the direction of march.
NOTE: If, for any reason, the band has been moved out of the line of march, it must return to the line of
march before the funeral procession steps off.
20. March to the Graveside. The march from the chapel to the grave is played at a tempo of 100 beats per
minute. If the distance from the chapel to the grave is extremely great, the drum section gradually
increases the tempo to 120 beats per minute. The escort marches at this cadence until it is a reasonable
distance from the grave. The drum section gradually resumes the slower cadence. The band commander
will instruct the escort commander and the band on these tempo changes before the ceremony.
The band and escort march on the command of the escort commander.
The band steps off playing a suitable march or the Funeral Dirge Drum Cadence.
The band stops playing as the procession approaches the grave.
The band moves to its assigned position in line with the escort and in view of the next of kin.
The drum major verifies band alignment. The band commander and drum major CHANGE POSTS.
21. Arrival at Graveside. Upon arrival at the graveside, the funeral procession moves into position for the
graveside service. The position for the graveside service is as follows: (Figure 6-2)