Yes, we accept all donations
of cash and horns and useable uniforms.
Or you may send your contribution to the address below.
Bugles Across America NFP
c/o Tom Day, Founder
1824 S. Cuyler Ave.
Berwyn, Illinois 60402-2052
Federal FEIN 81-0550869
501(c)3 filed by the CPA firm P. Horner, Alaska. Gene Horner is the Alaska State Director. Our State Number is 6217-567-2
Thanks to those who have already donated. Tom
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Presently,Bugles Across America TM, is the only Trade-Marked, 501c3, nfp organization, providing Free Live Taps for Veterans. We are not affiliated with, nor to be confused with any other organization that has the word TAPS in its title. This statement is published solely to avoid confusion, with no intent to disparage other groups.
Some have confused this organization with the sounding of "Taps", but to the contrary, T.A.P.S. is a really amazing group that has its main focus on assisting the families of our fallen military, providing both emotional and grief trauma assistance. Unlike us, they do not provide live "Taps" for Military funeral Honors, but they are a great non-profit organization, supporting the families of our Heroes. Please visit their website at http://www.taps.org/pr
Bugles Across America, NFP was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating that Veterans have a right to at least two uniformed military people to fold the flag and play Taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America was founded to take this a step further. In recognition of the service these Veterans have provided to their country, we felt that they each deserve a live rendition of Taps played by a live bugler. To this end, we are actively seeking capable volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families.
Bugles Across America now has over 5500 bugler volunteers located in all 50 states and growing number overseas. Since the Department of Veterans Affairs is expecting more than 1/2 million veterans to pass every year for the next 7 years, Bugles Across America is ALWAYS recruiting new volunteers.
Bugler Volunteers can be male or female. They can play a traditional bugle with no valves, or they can perform the ceremony on a Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, or a 1, 2 or 3 valved bugle. The bugler can be of any age as long as they can play the 24 notes of Taps with an ease and style that will do honor to both the Veterans, their families, and the burial detail performing the service. There are no fees or dues to participate as a volunteer, although there are certain directives that must be followed.
Our Founder and President Tom Day can be reached by email, or by using the contact information in the left sidebar on this page.
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What to Expect After Requesting One of Our Buglers
When one of our bugler volunteers accepts a request to perform Taps for your service, you should receive communication from him or her, informing you of intent to serve your request.
- The bugler will arrive early at the gravesite, or requested location, make contact with the Military Honors Team, and then stand ready to sound Taps
- Our volunteers are required to look sharp, whether in civilian attire, an Official Bugles Across America Uniform, or if a Veteran, he or she may be dressed in either a Class A or Dress level(example, Dress Blues) uniform of the branch they served in. Some of our members are in Honor Guards, and may be attired in that respective uniform.
- All BAA buglers are required to pass an audition, demonstrating their skill level to sound Taps properly.
Please refer to our Directives for Buglers for more details.
Mission Statement...from Tom Day, Our Founder
Bugles Across America (BAA) was founded in 2000 as a result of P.L. 106-65 that states that every qualified veteran has a right to Military Funeral Honors. As a minimum, this calls for two people to fold and present the flag and to provide a sounding of Taps. A shortage of available military buglers was then addressed by allowing this sounding of Taps to be done by way of a recording. With this in mind, Bugles Across America was formed to provide live buglers to fill this need.
BAA is a registered 501c3, not for profit organization, and files annual tax returns with the IRS and the State of Illinois. We have acquired both a Trademark and Copyright for our name and logo. We operate and pay for our web site, however, the bugler service is provided free of charge to all that request it. BAA is a totally volunteer program and receives NO government financial help.
Bugles Across America nfp does not charge members to join nor does it collect dues. Our membership consists of men and women of all ages, races, and creeds. They are active military, veterans and civilians alike. Many are professional musicians, while others are capable but purely amateur. Regardless of background or previous experience, we require all volunteers to audition by sounding Taps for a Director before being placed on the active bugler list to assure that every veteran’s family will receive a dignified sounding of Taps.
Our members supply their own instruments and are responsible for appearing in a timely manner for each event in appropriate attire. We have established and published the Directives for Buglers, which all members are expected to follow. All members are responsible for their transportation to and from events, and must have their own insurance coverage.
When a verified need has been established, we have provided over 700 horns and some uniforms to our members. Over the 13-plus year span of BAA, we have had some national foundations donate to BAA. However, much of that resource has been reduced, and most of our operating funds continue to come from the American people making generous donations. FOR THIS WE THANK YOU EVERY DAY.
We expect a high moral and ethical standard to be maintained by our members, and to that end, any member found to have a criminal record would be removed from the roster.
We thank you for reading our Mission Statement and remind you that for the last 13 years, Bugles Across America has been given credit for over 100,000 Funeral Missions, and our members have corporately given over a million hours of volunteer time to our veterans and their families.
Thank you for your support,
Tom Day Founder and Bugler