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By JDay on 12/29/2011 12:00 AM
2012 will be a big year, of course.  News people will be calling and one of the questions they will ask is. "How many members are there with BAA?"  I usually say 7,500. Then the press asks "Are your members all Veterans?" No, they are from all walks of life.

We do have many Veterans and Patriots who Love America and just want to say Thanks to Veterans and their Families and music is how we do it.

We have over 2,000 female players and we are of every race, creed and religion . Then I tell the press we range in age from about 12 to 92. Actually at one time we did have a 100 year man still sounding Taps. He has since joined God's horn line in the sky.

HERE IS WHAT I NEED FROM YOU!!!

If you think you might be the Youngest or the Oldest please email me at tomjday@sbcglobal.net  with birthday and location. You just may be called on for an interview. 

Happy New Year

Tom Day
Founder
By JDay on 12/28/2011 1:46 PM
When YOU get an Email Request to Play Taps....... When you get the request PLEASE look it over carefully. Check the dates, Check the location, check the time. NOW check your schedule please. OK. All checked? And Yes YOU can do the mission. Then click on Volunteer. BAA now feels good that the mission has been taken. Now, please print the request. Call or email the Requester and get any other info you may need. This let's the Requester know You will be the real Taps player. Real  breath and Taps form the Heart. Take your copy of the request  with you. Why? Well when you arrive at the location at least 45 minutes early there may be a Military unit there  to fold and present the flag. They may have brought a person to lip sink on a digital device. Your request is from the Family and it is your duty to SOUND Taps.  So you work the schedule of events out with the Military person in charge and you do your usual great job. Should the family member come up to you and shake hands and put something in your hand PLEASE...
By JDay on 12/28/2011 12:07 PM
Just another note of pride, as I believe my daughter is one of many of your young person volunteers who are providing this great service to our Veterans' families.   Last week, I received a phone call to provide the funeral music for a distant cousin at our church on Dec. 23.  Heather was home from school, so she cantored the funeral.   After finding out the military background, and American Legion involvement of the deceased, I asked Heather to bring her trumpet, and we would also do a trumpet / organ selection of Panis Angelicus, and God of Our Fathers at the funeral mass.  I told the widow, and she was quite pleased.  Heather was also prepared for TAPS, if needed. Arriving early to church to set up, we saw there were members of the local American Legion, and the ARMY who were available for the Military Honors, including the "Bugle" with recorded trumpet music.  We realized she should not usurp the members of the military, so we were content to do our regular music and be observers.   After performing...
By JDay on 12/27/2011 2:29 AM
Tom (Day)

Thank you for the service to our veterans.  Someday in the future my family will need your service for my funeral, I am paying for it and others while I can.  Please keep up this valuable service that the federal government should provide however you have stepped up and filled the void.
 
Russ
By JDay on 12/25/2011 3:29 AM
Take the next week to think about the wonderful freedoms we enjoy and the blessings our country offers its people.  Without our veterans many of these freedoms would not exist.  In fact, we wouldn't have these United States without patriots.  Many of our service members are away from their families during the holidays.  Please keep them all in your prayers as this is difficult during this time, more than ever.  Fly the flag proudly.

Enjoy your celebrations friends.  Again, God bless you for serving and volunteering our heroes AND those families left behind.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ron Glazer
BAA National Chaplain
By JDay on 12/23/2011 11:34 AM
Hello buglers!

TWO EVENTS FOR BAA BUGLERS HIGHLIGHT THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF TAPS

Two significant events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Taps will take place in May and June 2012. All Bugles Across America buglers are invited to participate in these historic and musical commemorations celebrating Taps. “ARLINGTON TAPS 150” The 150th Anniversary Commemoration of Taps At Arlington National Cemetery May 19, 2012 10 AM-12 Noon Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia 22211 Taps 150

Taps 150 will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Taps, our National Song of Remembrance, in the Old Amphitheater (near the Lee Mansion) at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Saturday May 19, 2012. The event is sponsored by TAPS 150, Bugles Across America and Arlington National Cemetery. All buglers and trumpeters are welcome to attend the ceremony and perform Taps in Arlington, our nation’s most sacred ground.   Following...
By JDay on 12/21/2011 6:37 PM
The Brass Blast The Southington Brass Blast is a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest trumpet ensemble and a benefit for organizations that support students and musicians, including The Mill Foundation for Kids and the Connecticut Music Educators Association.   At least 1,200 trumpeters are needed to break the record. We will be performing The National Anthem and a selection that meets the Guinness criteria for this record breaking attempt. Other pieces to be performed include "America the Beautiful", "Grand Old Flag" , and "Gonna Fly Now". Even trumpet players who haven't picked up their horn in a while, especially parents of current trumpet students are encouraged to join us. This will take place on April 21, 2012 at the Southington High School in Southington, CT You can see full details, register, and even download the music scores by visiting http://southingtonbrass.com/brassblast.html...
By JDay on 12/18/2011 12:12 AM
Hello everyone.

I hope this finds you well. I have been given a once in a million opportunity to play TAPS in Honor of ALL our fallen Veterans of the American freedoms we have due to their sacrifices.

To be chosen for this Ceremony on May 19, 2012 at Arlington is the highest Honor I have ever received. I will stand tall, to the best of my ability represent myself, The Lake County Military Funeral/Honors Team, Bugles Across America, and TAPS 150, and the Hollowed grounds at Arlington to the highest of Military Standards.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and a very blessed 2012.
Thank you.

Bill Vann
Veteran/Bugler with The Lake Co Military Funeral/Honors Team, TAPS 150 and Bugles Across America.
Lake County Ca

NOTE: To play TAPS at ANC one must  either BE a Bugler of the 3rd Army, or have Congressional approval.
By JDay on 12/15/2011 1:37 PM
Hawaii Five-0 crew disgraceful to WWII Pearl Harbor survivors.

http://www.850koa.com/pages/cmn.html?article=9501489#.TulmKnbFpJh.email
By JDay on 12/13/2011 5:24 PM
My son, Tommy, a young and new BAA bugler in Florida, played his first mission on Thursday, the 8th of December.

I stayed in my van parked in a position where I could watch the whole ceremony. First, Tommy met with the VFW honor guard and the commander gave him instructions on how to stand and when to play. Well, then came three young active Marines who, of course, looked absolutely awesome. They approached Tommy and shook his hand. His smile looked like Christmas morning!  He looked at them like they were rock stars. After the marines took their positions, the VFW commander came back and reminded Tommy how he should be standing. So, he composed himself again and wiped the goofy grin off his face.

Then the family arrived.  I thought the ceremony was perfect. Tom played flawlessly which was a big relief to me and I'm sure to him. I had tears in my eyes as I watched the Marine handed over the folded flag.

Thanks!

Tina S.

 ** Update**  The USMC called and asked where he was located...

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