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Bugles Across America
By JDay on 2/26/2011 4:16 PM
This is a copy or the Roll Call message I send out to my entire roster at least twice each year.  This letter below is often embellished with some item of current news as appropriate. I've already sent a message to all about the great new site that we are presently enjoying and asking all to check it out, but as I send out the first Roll Call of this year (probably late March), I will again encourage folks to get active on checking in to the BAA site on a regular basis.     Sending out this Roll Call message does create quite a flurry of work for a while.  The first thing that I must deal with are the e-mails that might be returned as undeliverable.  I have to determine WHY it didn't go through and then do a telephone follow-up if it's not something obvious that I can attempt to correct.  I track and record the replies.  Any that indicate they no longer wish to take part are deleted after I send them a "Thank You for original intent to serve".  If anyone does give me change of contact information, I see that...
By JDay on 2/26/2011 4:11 PM
****** Your name has just appeared on the role of newly registered users at the Bugles Across America site.  I thank you for your interest in our organization and welcome you to the roles.  There are a few things that I would like to find out so that I can appropriately assign your status within BAA.     Are you a horn player and if so, for how long?     Have you any experience in sounding Taps for funeral honors or memorials?     What would be your normal availability to volunteer for bugler duties?  In other words; weekdays or only weekends.     How far are you willing to travel to serve as a volunteer bugler?     What would be the best time for me to reach you by telephone so that we could get to know each other?  Note that I or an Assistant State Director will ask you to sound Taps for us during a phone call.  This is NOT intended as any kind of audition.  It is done only to assure that you have no problems rendering a version of Taps that would provide reasonable tribute to the veteran....
By JDay on 2/26/2011 4:07 PM
I had a Bugler accept a request his name is***** *******.  I had some information that needed to provide to him about a location change which is about 6 miles difference.  I tried calling the phone number in the contact information provided in the email, however it was his old work number and then sent an email to the email address though I received no response,  I'm not sure if he received the updated information on the location or is still going to show. 
Any help would be appreciated,
Thank you,
Gary Stoker
By JDay on 2/26/2011 4:03 PM
Well, AD David Beier and I arrived at the University of Alabama today about 1PM.  We got our same table as last year and got set up.  The attached photo shows our main display board with photos, info, and talking points. Anyway, as the day progressed we saw familiar faces and made some new friends who wanted to know about BAA and what we did, etc.  I would like to relay a few stories now: 1 - A guest artist they have at the Festival, Michael Sachs, spoke with us about being honored on a number of occasions in having been asked directly to provide Taps in some pretty high profile funerals.  It was a pleasure to talk with him and I hope he will soon become a member of BAA in his state of Illinois.  You can find his website here: 2 - A young lady, Brittany, joined the Alabama ranks last year.  While her doctorate pursuit keeps her from being able to do too many funerals, she did agree to play Taps last year for the Spirit of '45 Day on the designated hour.  In fact, she told...
By JDay on 2/26/2011 12:39 AM
I had the honor of receiving a veteran's award last evening sponsored by 55KRC radio and The Thank You Foundation. 

6 veteran's of 94 submitted by friends, family and military were selected for a dinner and award ceremony for service to country and service after the military. The older (not me) gentleman flew on Dolittle's Raid of Tokyo, and bailed out over China. He's 93 and sharp as a tack. One veteran was part of Black Hawk Down in Somalia.

My story was submitted by one of our Honor Guard members and told of my Vietnam service and funeral honors duty.

While the Color Guard presented the colors, I played America the Beautiful on the fluglehorn.
It was a neat night but in my mind I accepted the award on behalf of all deserving veterans with better stories than mine.

Here are pics of the event at Tony's restaurant in Cincinnati.
By JDay on 2/24/2011 7:31 PM
Hello all. I have a couple things to cover here: 1 - Welcome to our newest volunteers that came through the home website:  Jeremy Rousseau, Larry Coleman, and Sid Gaddy.  We are honored to have you in our group. Now, to the three of you I will ask that you email me some credential information so I may add you as an active bugler or keep you as a non-bugler.  Once I receive those credentials, I will contact you via phone or get together with you in person to have you play Taps for me.  Again, welcome to you. I will also add that we have a yahoo group you may join.  I emailed each of you at the email address you provided to join.  I look forward to seeing you there. 2 - The Trumpet Festival of the Southeast starts tomorrow!  The website with info is here:  Bugles Across America will have a recruiting/info table set up.  I have had a few of you respond and ask about it.  If you come to assist for a few hours at the table, you are not required to pay for the festival. ...
By JDay on 2/24/2011 5:42 PM
On February 9, we laid our dad to rest.  He was a US Army veteran of WWII.  I had noted your website years ago, and gave it to the funeral director.  He made the request, and was contacted by volunteer Loren Stoneberg.  I cannot fully express my appreciation for Loren, and your organization.  We were so proud of Dad, and thankful for this resource to honor him. 

Thank you,
Phyllis Boelts
By JDay on 2/23/2011 12:46 PM
Over the past 10 years the items in the photo have been designed and produced to promote BAA. They can be available to State and Area Directors for use in their areas or members with a good idea how they can advance the BAA program. Presently the Taps 150 medal and Patch are only available at  . Presently about 20 High Schools and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois use the medals, as well as, The Civil Air Patrol in Illinois /Iowa, and Boy Scouts in various areas. In many places they have been awarded to towns folk who go that extra mile for Veterans. We also have the BAA flag the Gold Star Mothers flag and the Taps 150 flag all 3 by 5 with gromets. There is a space on the ribbon bar for one more medal called the Freedoms Foundation  Gen. George Washington Medal and ribbon, this was awarded to BAA this January of 2011. Some of the gear as shown like the Bugler pin and patch are from the American Legion catalog. and much more is available at
By JDay on 2/14/2011 9:48 PM
Hello to all families and participants,
    I would like to add my thanks to all who helped and to the families of the Chaplains and the Killed in action military.  It is a necessary thing that we remember them.  I have gotten many emails already like this thanking all of us for the service.  Please remember these families in our prayers. I will be doing the service again next February any ideas that could make the service better please send them to me.  To the families please if you can come next year we need to keep this going.  Anyone who has other Killed in action military they know please have them contact me.  I need a bio and a picture.  Thanks to Tom Day and Donny Daughenbaugh for their help on this.
Take care
Soldiers never die unless they are forgotten
John Murphy
2550 Eustace Ave
Deltona, Fl 32725
By JDay on 2/13/2011 3:02 PM

Good Afternoon Buglers, It’s been two years since any price increase but as of March 1st, 2011, our prices will change.  The pricing on the order form should be updated soon. 

Thank you for all you do! Regards, Mary Rima Getzen Co.

2011 Pricing for BAA Members' Order Form On

M2003                        $351.00

M2003S                      $426.00

M2003E                      $547.50

M2003ES                    $622.50

AC-G-M2003             $50.00

AC-G-M2003S           $55.00


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