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Bugles Across America
By JDay on 10/21/2011 4:14 PM

Alabama’s Bill Rigby, who has been active in Guantanamo Bay, recently took on a special, personal assignment. 

CDR Chuck Dohery and Bill served on active duty together and for the same company. In October while in Iraq, Chuck died of a heart attack.   Bill flew to Germany and escorted Chuck home to Texas.  On October 17th, Bill sounded Taps for his friend.

Thank you Bill.  Well Done.

By JDay on 10/21/2011 3:57 PM
The morning of May 28th 2011 held many uncertainties and many more promises for what was planned. Amtrak’s Union Station in Washington DC was the meet-up point for an estimated 40+ trumpet players and family members. Our plan was to meet upstairs in the garage area away from the crowd at 8:00am for briefing and rehearsal, load up at 8:45 and head to the WWII Memorial. The total number was 28 trumpeters. We rehearsed “Amazing Grace”, “Stars & Stripes Forever” and unison “Taps”. The plan was discussed and laid out. I had people from all walks of life. Young and “young at heart”, veterans, non-veterans and active- duty and reserve military. Most were Bugles Across America volunteers with others that were friends of others who were interested in what we were doing. It was time to load up. We found the bus and proceeded to the WWII Memorial. We were asked by the “Friends of the WWII Memorial” to play “Amazing Grace” at the end of their service. This included many VIPs. Joint Chiefs Chairman ADM Mike Mullen...
By JDay on 10/21/2011 3:48 PM

Thank you for sending the decals, buglers handbook and patches to me.  I greatly appreciate them and have been enjoying the CD immensely.

At the last minute yesterday, I was able to rearrange my work schedule to be able to play taps at the funeral of Seaman 1st Class Ellis Gordon Jr.  I learned that his ship was sunk in 1942 but he obviously survived.

Glad I was able to get there.  So many people, his widow especially, appreciated the presence and participation of the Coast Guard flag ceremony and TAPS played live.

Best regards,
Larry Buttimer
By JDay on 10/20/2011 11:52 PM
In early October our Louisiana State Director, Reagan Moon and his wife Janet, traveled up north and decided to stop in at the Getzen factory in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

Reagan was able to observe horns being produced and even watched as a Getzen worker crafted the brand new horn he custom ordered right in front of him.

Getzen’s display wall was a bugler’s delight and were several horns that caught his eye.  One peculiar one with many angles and twists and got a chance to hold Doc Severson’s horn (Johnny Carson's Band leader). 

The visit was a neat experience for any bugle lover and one Reagan won’t soon forget.

Recently, ABC’s Diane Sawyer has been reporting about things being made in America and not overseas.  As we can see, Getzen horns are definitely Made in America.

Thank you Reagan for sharing your trip with us!

By JDay on 10/20/2011 11:27 PM
On August 17th, 2011, New York bugler, John Schiavone, was featured in a beautiful & personal article in the Staten Island Advance.  There is video on the article page as well.
By JDay on 10/17/2011 11:34 PM
Dear Mr. Day,

Thank you very much for sending me the bugle. It was really exciting from the second my Dad sent me a text message that it had arrived. I asked if I could see it because I was on the way to my trumpet lesson. I took it inside to my teacher who spent half of the lesson helping me set up everything, who by the way is a member of Buglers Across America, Mr. Bolvin.  I have used it officially only once at the closing of an Eagle Court of Honor, but I hope it will find much more use through the duration of Boy Scouts and maybe afterwords. Again thank you for sending me the bugle and all of the other items.

Andrew B.
Troop 232's newest Bugler
By JDay on 10/17/2011 11:21 PM
I just wanted to let you know, that I had the Proud Opportunity to play TAPS yesterday at Galloway's 11th Annual Salute to Our Veteran's ( Oct. 15, 2011), in Galloway Township, NJ.  This was held at Veteran's Memorial Park.   Herb Davis, Chairperson of the Veteran's Advisory Board contacted my High School Band and Choir Director.  I was recommended, as I was also participating as a Choir member at the same event.  I can not tell you the pride and honor I felt prior to the event.  After the event, I had the privilege of meeting many Veterans who approached and thanked me.... I even got a kiss on the hand!   Mr. Davis said that I would be the first person he called if he needed a bugler for future events.  I wish I could put this on my "event" log with BAA, but I guess since it was not officially requested through BAA, I can not type it in. I wanted you to be aware that I am extremely thankful to be able to provide this service.  I am very honored to be a member. Heather Berchtold...
By JDay on 10/15/2011 2:04 AM
It’s wonderful seeing someone becoming so inspired that they decide to pick up the bugle just to learn Taps so they can give back from the heart. “Can you help me get started in reference to playing TAPS for veteran funerals. I do not play at all now so I would just be beginning but have a strong desire to meet this need. Got your website from the article in the Sacramento Bee dated Sept. 11, about the shortage of buglers and Mr. Wong. I share this passion and am a retired veteran of USAF 1967-1971.

Thank you so much for your reply.


“I have purchased the Fun with Bugle book by George Rabbai. Maybe you could just recommend a mouthpiece I could purchase and get something started.

Thanks so much for your time.


Thank you so very much Mr. Day. I received everything on Tuesday. The CD is awesome. Am starting to make a buzz on the mouthpiece. Not as easy as I had thought but am working on it everyday.

Thanks again,


By JDay on 10/7/2011 2:12 AM
Going back to the early part of 2011 we put together the TAPS150 team and the result has been great. Jari put a CD together that is great. If you don't get one you will really miss out the many ways Taps can be intertwined with other songs. This CD will be the true collectors item for the future. Part of the team is working to get the old monument rebuilt for Oliver Norton at Harrisons Landing in Va. Well, Les Hampton and Col. Jerry Mc Donald just got Taps 150 a $6,000 grant to do the job. So far this year we had a great response from all the players for Spirit of 45, Memorial Day events, the 4th of July and 9-11. Thanks to all who were a part of all these events. During the year we appeared again on Chris Wallace Fox TV and ABC Diane Sawyer on Memorial Day and many of you did local News programs as well. All of these outings brought in over 500 new players. Howard and Larry put together a State Directors plan of attack and this is now part of my new 100 page BAA work book. Tom Cushing of Indiana...
By JDay on 10/5/2011 10:43 AM
Hello Tom. I just wanted to thank you for handling the ceremony at the cemetery for my dad. It meant a lot for the family. 2 Air Force personnel did show up after the ceremony and apologized for showing up late and gave their condolences. Thanks again. I have my dad's flag displayed proudly in my living room for everyone to see.

Thank you,

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