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By JDay on 11/24/2011 5:47 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!  We have a lot to be thankful for.  Thank you for all you have done and for all you continue to do.

A quote from Luke's Gospel drives me; thought I'd share it with you as I believe you already live up to it, but of course there's always more to be done:  "To whom much is given, much is required."  I'll fill you in soon on my conversation with NJ Governor Chris Christie and my local state Assemblyman Peter Biondi regarding BAA and a law I'm pushing to expand - NJ Honor Ribbon of Service for volunteer buglers.  The bill is ready for introduction in the upcoming legislative session.  It could be a model for other SDs to use across the country.

Jim Gallombardo
Asst SD - NJ
By JDay on 11/24/2011 10:53 AM
Psalm 107:1 
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." (NIV)

I thank my God this morning for those of you who sacrifice your precious time away from family to serve our extended family...our veteran heroes and those they leave behind.  God bless you for giving over and over.  Enjoy your beautiful Thanksgiving table today and please take a moment to pray for our military who are still fighting across the world.  Their families need just as many prayers as they manage things at home.

Thanks again for all you do to serve our heroes!

Ron Glazer, Sr.
BAA National Chaplain
By JDay on 11/24/2011 3:37 AM
Hey Tom -   The radio interview on Nov 10 went very well !!! It was a live 1 hour show, and I will send you a disc of the program. I have received some excellent feedback regarding BAA and fielded calls from potential new members.       Doug Ebersole and I will do our 3rd annual Dallas Ft Worth area bugler meeting in January. We are thinking of doing it more like a lunch or dinner, more of like a thank you for the area buglers who come out. I have some left over notebooks from last years meeting, and will add some updates with BAA info in them, and I will hand those out to those who are interested. In the past, our meeting has been a few guest speakers, myself, and Doug talking about being a member of BAA, how to access the website, and a lot of technical stuff. So I think a lunch or dinner thing, casual, will be better. The people who attend are the regular players, and if any of the "new" players attend, well we can handle that, too. Will also be a good time to talk about Taps 150 at the lunch/dinner....
By JDay on 11/23/2011 12:10 PM
Dear Network For Good and Bugles Across America Supporter:   I have tried to thank each and every one of you personally each time you have helped our cause and mission.  The mission and cause of BAA is to Save and Preserve LIVE music and provide Veterans and their families LIVE TAPS at Military Funeral Honors.  We started in 2000 and 12 years later our volunteer buglers have performed at 200,000 Services.  All FREE and NO help from the government. In 2012, we will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the first playing of TAPS.  Our National Song of Remembrance is described as “The 24 Hardest Notes You’ll Ever Play”. Events will take place in Virginia, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania mainly because of the relationship with Civil War General Daniel Butterfield and his Bugler, Civil War Hero Oliver Wilcox Norton.  This will be a yearlong series of events across the country for those who keep the music alive and observe the passing of our veterans and the service of the men and women who are currently serving. ...
By JDay on 11/20/2011 5:49 PM
At the request of my good friend George Cippon, who owns a fine collection of ancient trumpets, I agreed to join him in a talk about the history of the trumpet. The pics show me resplendent in my uniform holding forth. The first picture shows George and his wife with examples from his large collection lying on the table in the background. The second is of George Zoske, a bass trombonist and band leader, and his wife Joyce, a bassoonist. In the last, I am demonstrating my copy of Hans Hainlein's (Nurnburg)1632 natural trumpet (no valves), which I hand made at a workshop at Indiana U about five years ago. The workshop guides were Bob Barclay, well-known and honored by the International Trumpet guild, and Richard Seraphinoff, who hand produces copies of 18th and 19th century valveless horns. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Fondly, David Geffen ...
By JDay on 11/18/2011 3:21 AM
I quit smoking in 1993 at 48 years old. I smoked 3 packs a day for 30 years. I started packing on the weight. A friend of mine where I worked was a marathon runner. He saw me on the treadmill at work  one day and asked me if I would like to run the Marine Corp marathon with him.I told him I couldn't run 26 miles. I told him at had a buddy KIA in 1968 in Vietnam. He told me alot of people run the marathon and dedicate it to people who were KIA in Vietnam. The seed was planted. I started training and ran the Vermont marathon in May. I then ran the Marine Corp the following October.

    I ran a total of ten marathons in 4 years. In 2007 my left knee gave out. I had total knee replacement, but it didn't go as planned. I had to leave work and wait the pain out. When I couldn't run anymore I decided to learn to play Taps on the trumpet. Well 3 years ago I decided to try and walk the Marine marathon again and dedicate it to my buddy and all those on the Wall. I even had a tee- shirt signed by all the Marines who...
By JDay on 11/18/2011 2:12 AM
"Dear Alan, Dad fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.  He was and we are truly blessed!  I want to thank the Bugles Across America and you for making my father's funeral and graveside honor guard so very special.  Thank you for the extra touch and Taps.  As with all good Marines, we know he will stand in the final roll call formation.  Semper Fi.
-- The Family of Dale S. C. "
By JDay on 11/18/2011 1:27 AM
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR “Birth of an American Tradition” The 150 Anniversary Commemoration of Taps June 22-24, 2012 A Musical and Historical Celebration Registration Berkeley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, VA 23030

  Please visit the website Taps 150 There is much information plus photos and maps of the area where the event will take place. The event schedule is also posted.   This three-day event will commemorate and celebrate the birth of America’s national song of remembrance with Civil War re-enactors depicting the Union Army (the 83rd PA) at rest at Harrison’s Landing (on the grounds of the plantation) following the Seven Days Battles in late June 1862. Living history programs will feature the music of fifes, drums, and bugles, including the commemorative sounding of Taps on Saturday night....
By JDay on 11/16/2011 3:12 PM
Right now any convention will be sometime in 2013. The reason is that I would like to have everybody's attention on doing events for 2012 for Taps 150. In 2000 few people knew about Taps and it's history and why it is so important. Also folks related Bugle to clothing as in Bugleboy. Now as we approach 2012 ebay shows us several different makers of G-F horns and BAA has become thee place to go for help planning a Military Funeral, and the help requests come from Families, the Military, Funeral Homes, Veterans groups and more. Our attempt to save LIVE music is working. In the past twelve years we have battled the government and their attempt to digitalize the process and we are winning. We have had a great deal of press and new members sign up every day. In these same historic years we have earned the confidence of so many in the Military they now call us, BAA first. The sad facts for the future is that as the federal budgets are cut, we will even be in more demand. One letter stands out from the Army...

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