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Bugles Across America
By JDay on 6/27/2011 10:54 PM
We love getting great reviews of our buglers!!
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Thank you so much for being at the RFL of Lake Winnipesaukee on Saturday night. So many people loved that little extra touch of having you there to play. You touched many just capped off a wonderful Luminaria Ceremony!

Thanks again so much...
Kenny Gates
Community Executive, Development
American Cancer Society of New Hampshire
New England Division
By JDay on 6/25/2011 1:07 PM
Posted by request for Tom Day: composed by Howard Reitenbaugh, National Coordinator, PA State Director State Directors Urgent Notice A Very Necessary Task for State Directors    As the result of a very recently repeated occurrence, I want to remind all state directors of an issue that requires your attention.    You are aware that when a requester enters information through our national Request a Bugler system, they are asked for address of the event and the Zip Code.  A problem can occur if the requester puts a name for the event location, such as cemetery or church name, in the Address box.   The Google Mapper will sometimes grab that name instead of the actual city, state, and ZIP.  That, of course, can cause the system to go looking for buglers in “all the wrong places”.   Several weeks ago we had the system looking for buglers in central Mexico to cover a service in California.  Not surprisingly, no buglers were found.  Just this week, we had a similar occurrence for a north-western Ohio mission,...
By JDay on 6/25/2011 12:40 PM
I just got the approval from Drum Corps Associates President Gil Silva today.   On Sunday September 4 at Sahlens Stadium (formerly PaeTec Park) in Rochester, NY as part of the Drum Corps Associates World Championship weekend, there will be a special performance of "Armed Forces Salute" and "Battle Hymn of The Republic" by members of Bugles Across America NYS, the Empire Statesmen Alumni, The Prime Time Brass, The Ghost Riders, members of DCA Mini-Corps, members of the Buglers Hall of Fame, and the Drum Corps Hall of Fame - I'm hoping for AS MANY AS 200-300 MUSICIANS on the field, complete with a "Stand Up and Be Recognized when your branch's theme is played " call to all veterans in the audience!   It is officially - for insurance reasons - an Empire Statesmen-led project, but introduced as "Bugles Across America of New York and The Empire Statesmen Alumni present"... We can also use this as a way to get to meet the Upstate NY BAA volunteers face to face.   It will be at the conclusion of the DCA Alumni...
By JDay on 6/18/2011 1:22 AM
Hello all, It's been suggested that we post various State Director's Pre-Screening emails so if anyone needs to be inspired or likes parts of someone elses letter.. we can use this as a tool to polish up our own letters!  I hope this is of some help! (I've taken out phone numbers to protect privacy) ************ VIRGINIA

Welcome to Bugles Across America you are receiving this email because you are currently on the Non Bugler list, either you just registered or you still need to set up an audition to be removed from the list.

Please contact me via email to set up your TAPS audition I will then place you on the bugler list so you may receive all notifications of missions in our area.

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact me any time via email or phone.

If I am at work I will not be able to answer my cell phone leave me a message or text and I will get with you on a break.

Kari Brewton Bugles Across America Virginia State Director *******************************************************************

By JDay on 6/14/2011 3:33 PM
1. See if you have the deceased's military Discharge or a form called DD214

2. This goes with you to the funeral home and you request a Military Funeral. The funeral home then makes the proper call and you will get at least two military people to fold and present the burial flag.

3. The Funeral home director completes a form 2008 and takes that to the post office to get the FREE Burial Flag."

4. You can then go on our web site.  at the top it says "Request a Bugler ", Click on this and a form will fold down. Complete the form fully and hit submit. The request will go out to all Players with a 100 mile radius of the Burial. At the bottom of the form is room to tell a short story about your loved one and put in there you would like the bugler who takes the mission to call you and confirm.

I hope this helps.
There should be no charge for any of this.
Tom Day
By JDay on 6/14/2011 3:27 PM
On Tuesday June 7 and Wednesday June 8, Bugles Across America Texas chapter had the opportunity to attend the 125th annual Texas Funeral Directors Association, held in Arlington, Texas. BAA was represented by Steve Kalowski, one of the state directors in Texas handling the Dallas Ft Worth area and points north. On Tuesday, BAA, the Joint Service Honor Guard, and Texas Funeral Home Director's all participated in a panel discussion involving Military Funeral procedures. Information was shared between the groups and it was good to know that many Funeral Directors from as for north as Amarillo (thanks bugler John Brewer) and as far south as Houston and San Antonio have all heard of our organization, and were using our buglers. On Wednesday, BAA shared a table with the Joint Service Honor Guard unit at the convention expo, and it was another good opportunity to get the word out about BAA. Many thanks to MSgt Chris Ellis and SSgt Brandon Hutchinson, both with the Joint Service Honor Guard....
By JDay on 6/9/2011 11:03 PM
Hello everyone,

My husband made a digital image of the BAA logo so you wouldn't have to use the scanned photo of a patch if you didn't want to.    It can obviously be re-sized for your needs.  If you don't have a way to do so, email me precicely what you need.  Image size and DPI.  Otherwise.. here ya go!

Jen Day

By JDay on 6/9/2011 1:05 AM
Our very own New York State Director, Danielle Masterson, just won the Spirit of Dutchess County award! 

Danielle won this award for not only sounding Taps for our fallen heroes, but raising awareness of the need for this service.

Check out this page her husband created congratulating her and giving full details.

Congrats Dani!  You make us proud!
By JDay on 6/7/2011 3:07 PM

National Memorial Day Parade, Washington DC - Memorial Day 2011.

AKA: "Operation: Jericho"

From Ed Bilger

Apparently the heat affected a lot of folks yesterday, but we had 28 players show up.  Let me give you a quick review of what happened.....

We all met in the garage area of the Union Station.  The bus showed up on time.  Had a great rehearsal.  I gave everyone a little gift package from BAA.  We left the station a little before scheduled.  Hardly any traffic, but some detours made our trip a little longer, but nobody complained because we had air conditioning in the bus.

Arrival at the WWII memorial was, at best, confusing.  We had to park in the bus area, not left off as planned.  Seems I wasn't told I had to report to the security people with news of our arrival. 

I had an issue with the National Park Service rep with our pre-agreed plan with the Friends of the WWII Memorial Executive Director.  She told me we could not do what we had planned and the...
By JDay on 6/7/2011 1:25 AM
This is the sequence of a full Military Honors funeral. Thank you Grant in California! ****    ****    **** 1)  Military tribute to the deceased. (A brief description of his military service to his country and followed with the explanation of military honors)   2)  All present will be requested to stand and place their hand over their hearts; active military and veterans will render a hand salute.   3) The Army Honor guard will render a salute   4) The command  “Firing Party commander take charge and fire three volleys” will be given.   5) Three volleys are then fired.   6) The Firing Party will come to present arms. 7) TAPS IS PLAYED   8) The US Army Honor Guard will then fold the flag presenting it to the next of kin.  In case of cremation, the flag will be unfolded and then refolded and presented to the next of kin.   9) Then three empty shell cases will be presented to the family of the deceased.   10) All veterans present will be request to give the deceased his final salute.   11)...

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