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New Maine Assistant Director, Carla Beaudoin!
New West Virginia State Director!
New Nevada State Director!
Thank you BAA member, Larry Schillings!
New State Director - Oregon!
Well Done Massachusetts BAA Member Kimberly Shaw!
Well Done BAA Member Ken Hogan!
Nice Job BAA Member Rod Clark!
 
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By LarryWiseman on 2/16/2014 12:35 PM
        One of our greatest supporters is Help Hospitalized Veterans, and on Saturday, February 8th, BAA was a co-sponsor with HHV for a concert entitled Valentines for Veterans, A Salute to America's Gold Star Families. For many years, my wife Susan and I have dedicated our lives to honoring the Veteran, first, by performing her original music all over the USA, her as The Tribute Lady , and ultimately we both became involved with BAA in 2005. I was the Georgia State Director, and she the Assistant Director for 4 years. Susan's inspired music, and our work for BAA have been a perfect fit over the years, and we both have served as National Coordinators, doing a lot of work(promoting the cause of Live Taps), both in Georgia, Washington, DC, and several...
By JDay on 1/27/2014 2:27 AM
I'm very pleased to announce the latest to BAA's leadership, Maine's Assistant Director, Carla Beaudoin. ***   ***   ***   ***   ***   *** Carla started playing the trumpet in the 5th grade and played all the way through High School and for the first couple years of college at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.  After college, her trumpet sat in its case for several years until she joined a local Community Band and she hasn’t put her horn down since.  She is now a musician in the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band and a brass quintet called Quintessence.   Carla has been a member of BAA since 2001.  Around that time a friend of hers died in a snowmobiling accident.  Carla knew this man had served in the US Army and she was assured by her friend’s widow that he was getting full military honors.  When Carla attended the burial ceremony at the cemetery, she listened to the gun salute but she didn’t see a bugler.  What she did see was a member of the honor guard bend down to turn on a boom box with a rendering of Taps.  She SO wished she had her trumpet with her because she would have been honored to play for her friend.  What happened next changed her life and is the reason she is a member of BAA today.  She saw an article in People Magazine about Tom Day and how he started Bugles Across America because he didn’t think the boom box renditions of Taps were good enough for our Veterans.  Immediately after reading that article, Carla signed up to be a member of BAA. ...
By JDay on 1/27/2014 2:23 AM
We are very pleased to announce our new State Director for West Virginia, Michael Wilson. "I have played trumpet for almost 60 years now, having started when I was 11 years old in the music program at Buckhannon-Upshur Junior High School in my home town of Buckhannon, WV. I continued to play through high school and college at Glenville State College where I majored in music Ed. – emphasis on trumpet. During high school, I sounded Taps many times as the bugler for the local VFW and DAV honor guards, at military funerals and memorial services all through Upshur County. Since I am the son of a Marine who was combat wounded, but survived into his 86th. year, I have always been involved in honoring our veterans in service to our country. I joined BAA a few years ago, and have been privileged to sound the honor on several missions, two of which, one for the 103 year old father of my cousin’s wife, who volunteered for the engineering corps and was ahead of Patton’s push into Italy during WW II – and the service...
By JDay on 1/27/2014 2:14 AM
I'm very excited to announce our new Nevada State Director, Lisa Phillips!

"My name is Lisa Phillips, I'm a 1st Lieutenant currently stationed at Nellis AFB, Nevada. I'm originally from Northern Utah where I first started playing the trumpet in the high school band. My love for bugling started when I was a freshman at Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, and was told that since I played the Trumpet I was to report to Bugle Training the first week of school. After teaching us freshmen how to play Taps we were required to fulfill the duty of it being played at 11:00 PM every night during the school year. That is where my personal relationship began with honoring all those who lived and died for my freedom. It's an honor to serve this great organization, I look forward to the challenge!"


By JDay on 1/27/2014 1:59 AM
We love getting wonderful letters about one of our buglers. BAA member, Larry Schillings... thank you!
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"The service was terrific and Larry was the highlight. It meant so much to my family, especially to Charlie's widow Evelyn.

Unbelievably, it turns out that Larry's son graduated from Colgate University 1 year before I arrived there, and we were in the same fraternity. Larry added a lot to the service and it was nice getting to know him before the service got started.

Thanks again for all of your help, especially since I did not even request a bugler properly. Thankfully NJ State Director, James Gallombardo, made a major difference during this tough time. We will be making a donation to your charity on behalf of my grandfather. If there is anything else I can do, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Mike N."
By JDay on 8/31/2013 1:12 AM
BAA wants to welcome Kyle Yeager as the new State Director in Oregon. A little bit about Kyle: "I am 47 years old.  I was born and raised in Libby, Montana and started playing the trumpet at age ten.  I graduated from Libby High School in 1984.  After two years studying music at the University of Montana, I joined the Army and had a wonderful 20 year career as a military musician.  During my time as a trumpet player in the Army Band program I performed all over the Pacific Northwest and Midwestern United States; I was stationed / played across Europe and South Korea; and I spent nine of my last ten years in the Army living and performing in Hawaii.   Military memorials and funerals are an army bugler's bread and butter!  I can state with satisfaction, that I performed Taps 864 times during my 20 year Army career. After I retired in 2006, my wife and I spent a summer working at Glacier National Park, and then we moved to the Grand Canyon's South Rim.  In 2008 I was hired as a JROTC instructor at Madras High...
By JDay on 6/8/2013 1:45 AM
Below is a very nice letter Massachusetts State Director, Jayson Newell, received after Mass. BAA member Kimberly Shaw played "Taps" for them. ************* Good evening Mr. Newell (Jayson) and Ms. Shaw (Kimberly)   Please accept my apology for not writing to you both sooner.   Please also accept my sincerest THANK YOU for providing such a wonderful send off for a true patriot!   We had made a point of keeping the family in the dark as to what we were planning for the ceremony. When they saw the piper they were surprised but when Kimberly arrived they were truly impressed. Jayson, I know you must get these accolades all the time whenever Kimberly volunteers to play TAPS for a veteran. Her uniform was outstanding and very professional to say the least. As a former Air Policeman in the USAF I am most familiar with “parade presence”. That is having your uniform so sharp you could pass in review for the President at any moment. So, when I tell you that her uniform was exemplary you can take it to the bank!!...
By JDay on 6/2/2013 12:25 AM
Just saw a nice letter that came in. Thank you BAA member Ken Hogan for such a great job!

"Ken, Thanks again for blowing Taps at Harold's service. It was very refreshing and a significant improvement over the sterile recording I've become accustomed to hearing. I hope to hear you play again.
Bert"
By JDay on 6/1/2013 10:56 PM
A great letter that came in. Great job Rod Clark!

"Sir, CWO Rod Clark arrived and performed flawlessly for the James B ceremony today. On behalf of the family I would like to say thank you to all those that went above and beyond to create a perfect last memory for all who attended. Your organization top to bottom have my utmost respect. I personally want to say thank you and best wishes to you and your family.
BUCS(SCW) John M S
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By JDay on 4/6/2013 12:17 AM
We are very sad to report that one of our NJ buglers, Charles "Chuck" Murray passed away on February 6th, 2013

We wanted to share with you notes that he had in his BAA profile.

“I am 65 years old, married with two daughters and three granddaughters.  I played a bugle for a drum and bugle corps from 1959 until 1971.  My father was a WWII vet and fought in North Africa, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and across Germany.   When he passed away, my old Drum and Bugle Corps played echo TAPS.  My father-in-law was a fighter pilot from WWII until 1983.  When he passed away he was a retired Brigadier General in the Air Force and a retired Major General from the NY Air Guard.  At his funeral there was no bugler available and a tape recording was used.  At the time I felt sad for my wife, my mother-in-law and his family.  Although my brother served in the Navy during the 1970's, I did not serve, but felt I owed my family and country.  When I heard about Bugles Across America, I felt that this was my opportunity...

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