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New Maine Assistant Director, Carla Beaudoin!
New West Virginia State Director!
New Nevada State Director!
Thank you BAA member, Larry Schillings!
New State Director - Oregon!
Well Done Massachusetts BAA Member Kimberly Shaw!
Well Done BAA Member Ken Hogan!
Nice Job BAA Member Rod Clark!
 
Bugles Across America
By LarryWiseman on 2/16/2014 12:35 PM
        One of our greatest supporters is Help Hospitalized Veterans, and on Saturday, February 8th, BAA was a co-sponsor with HHV for a concert entitled Valentines for Veterans, A Salute to America's Gold Star Families. For many years, my wife Susan and I have dedicated our lives to honoring the Veteran, first, by performing her original music all over the USA, her as The Tribute Lady , and ultimately we both became involved with BAA in 2005. I was the Georgia State Director, and she the Assistant Director for 4 years. Susan's inspired music, and our work for BAA have been a perfect fit over the years, and we both have served as National Coordinators, doing a lot of work(promoting the cause of Live Taps), both in Georgia, Washington, DC, and several...
By JDay on 1/27/2014 2:27 AM
I'm very pleased to announce the latest to BAA's leadership, Maine's Assistant Director, Carla Beaudoin. ***   ***   ***   ***   ***   *** Carla started playing the trumpet in the 5th grade and played all the way through High School and for the first couple years of college at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.  After college, her trumpet sat in its case for several years until she joined a local Community Band and she hasn’t put her horn down since.  She is now a musician in the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band and a brass quintet called Quintessence.   Carla has been a member of BAA since 2001.  Around that time a friend of hers died in a snowmobiling accident.  Carla knew this man had served in the US Army and she was assured by her friend’s widow that he was getting full military honors.  When Carla attended the burial ceremony at the cemetery, she listened to the gun salute but she didn’t see a bugler.  What she did see was a member of the honor guard bend down to turn on a boom box with a rendering of Taps.  She SO wished she had her trumpet with her because she would have been honored to play for her friend.  What happened next changed her life and is the reason she is a member of BAA today.  She saw an article in People Magazine about Tom Day and how he started Bugles Across America because he didn’t think the boom box renditions of Taps were good enough for our Veterans.  Immediately after reading that article, Carla signed up to be a member of BAA. ...
By JDay on 1/27/2014 2:23 AM
We are very pleased to announce our new State Director for West Virginia, Michael Wilson. "I have played trumpet for almost 60 years now, having started when I was 11 years old in the music program at Buckhannon-Upshur Junior High School in my home town of Buckhannon, WV. I continued to play through high school and college at Glenville State College where I majored in music Ed. – emphasis on trumpet. During high school, I sounded Taps many times as the bugler for the local VFW and DAV honor guards, at military funerals and memorial services all through Upshur County. Since I am the son of a Marine who was combat wounded, but survived into his 86th. year, I have always been involved in honoring our veterans in service to our country. I joined BAA a few years ago, and have been privileged to sound the honor on several missions, two of which, one for the 103 year old father of my cousin’s wife, who volunteered for the engineering corps and was ahead of Patton’s push into Italy during WW II – and the service...
By JDay on 1/27/2014 2:14 AM
I'm very excited to announce our new Nevada State Director, Lisa Phillips!

"My name is Lisa Phillips, I'm a 1st Lieutenant currently stationed at Nellis AFB, Nevada. I'm originally from Northern Utah where I first started playing the trumpet in the high school band. My love for bugling started when I was a freshman at Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont, and was told that since I played the Trumpet I was to report to Bugle Training the first week of school. After teaching us freshmen how to play Taps we were required to fulfill the duty of it being played at 11:00 PM every night during the school year. That is where my personal relationship began with honoring all those who lived and died for my freedom. It's an honor to serve this great organization, I look forward to the challenge!"


By JDay on 1/27/2014 1:59 AM
We love getting wonderful letters about one of our buglers. BAA member, Larry Schillings... thank you!
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"The service was terrific and Larry was the highlight. It meant so much to my family, especially to Charlie's widow Evelyn.

Unbelievably, it turns out that Larry's son graduated from Colgate University 1 year before I arrived there, and we were in the same fraternity. Larry added a lot to the service and it was nice getting to know him before the service got started.

Thanks again for all of your help, especially since I did not even request a bugler properly. Thankfully NJ State Director, James Gallombardo, made a major difference during this tough time. We will be making a donation to your charity on behalf of my grandfather. If there is anything else I can do, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Mike N."
By JDay on 8/31/2013 1:12 AM
BAA wants to welcome Kyle Yeager as the new State Director in Oregon. A little bit about Kyle: "I am 47 years old.  I was born and raised in Libby, Montana and started playing the trumpet at age ten.  I graduated from Libby High School in 1984.  After two years studying music at the University of Montana, I joined the Army and had a wonderful 20 year career as a military musician.  During my time as a trumpet player in the Army Band program I performed all over the Pacific Northwest and Midwestern United States; I was stationed / played across Europe and South Korea; and I spent nine of my last ten years in the Army living and performing in Hawaii.   Military memorials and funerals are an army bugler's bread and butter!  I can state with satisfaction, that I performed Taps 864 times during my 20 year Army career. After I retired in 2006, my wife and I spent a summer working at Glacier National Park, and then we moved to the Grand Canyon's South Rim.  In 2008 I was hired as a JROTC instructor at Madras High...
By JDay on 6/8/2013 1:45 AM
Below is a very nice letter Massachusetts State Director, Jayson Newell, received after Mass. BAA member Kimberly Shaw played "Taps" for them. ************* Good evening Mr. Newell (Jayson) and Ms. Shaw (Kimberly)   Please accept my apology for not writing to you both sooner.   Please also accept my sincerest THANK YOU for providing such a wonderful send off for a true patriot!   We had made a point of keeping the family in the dark as to what we were planning for the ceremony. When they saw the piper they were surprised but when Kimberly arrived they were truly impressed. Jayson, I know you must get these accolades all the time whenever Kimberly volunteers to play TAPS for a veteran. Her uniform was outstanding and very professional to say the least. As a former Air Policeman in the USAF I am most familiar with “parade presence”. That is having your uniform so sharp you could pass in review for the President at any moment. So, when I tell you that her uniform was exemplary you can take it to the bank!!...
By JDay on 6/2/2013 12:25 AM
Just saw a nice letter that came in. Thank you BAA member Ken Hogan for such a great job!

"Ken, Thanks again for blowing Taps at Harold's service. It was very refreshing and a significant improvement over the sterile recording I've become accustomed to hearing. I hope to hear you play again.
Bert"
By JDay on 6/1/2013 10:56 PM
A great letter that came in. Great job Rod Clark!

"Sir, CWO Rod Clark arrived and performed flawlessly for the James B ceremony today. On behalf of the family I would like to say thank you to all those that went above and beyond to create a perfect last memory for all who attended. Your organization top to bottom have my utmost respect. I personally want to say thank you and best wishes to you and your family.
BUCS(SCW) John M S
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By JDay on 4/6/2013 12:17 AM
We are very sad to report that one of our NJ buglers, Charles "Chuck" Murray passed away on February 6th, 2013

We wanted to share with you notes that he had in his BAA profile.

“I am 65 years old, married with two daughters and three granddaughters.  I played a bugle for a drum and bugle corps from 1959 until 1971.  My father was a WWII vet and fought in North Africa, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and across Germany.   When he passed away, my old Drum and Bugle Corps played echo TAPS.  My father-in-law was a fighter pilot from WWII until 1983.  When he passed away he was a retired Brigadier General in the Air Force and a retired Major General from the NY Air Guard.  At his funeral there was no bugler available and a tape recording was used.  At the time I felt sad for my wife, my mother-in-law and his family.  Although my brother served in the Navy during the 1970's, I did not serve, but felt I owed my family and country.  When I heard about Bugles Across America, I felt that this was my opportunity...
By JDay on 3/27/2013 4:52 PM
Thought we'd share something that came in:

"On behalf of Vaughan Paralyzed Veterans of America. I would like to thank BAA member Mr. Richard Wacker and Troop 50 from Park Ridge.

They attended our Annual Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner to Present Colors and they were just amazing. Our crowd were very pleased to see all these young men so professional and dedicated to their flag.

THANK YOU for your service and time to our disabled Veterans.

Submitted By: Maria H."
By JDay on 3/23/2013 9:15 PM
I'm glad you could help! Thank you Nancy for all you do! ***** "I was surprised to see a request for Jefferson Barracks since they have always used there own "paid" buglers. I took the mission yesterday and found out that the funding had been cut. One of the members of the Marine Honor Guard e-mailed his sergeant about Bugles Across America. By the time I got into work after the funeral, there were two requests! The gentleman at Jefferson Barracks wanted my information. I also told him about the BAA website. He will be meeting with local funeral directors this week and will pass that info along to them. I sure hope we have enough volunteers to step up! I am able to volunteer once in a while during the week, but I think if this became a weekly event my bosses would be upset. This really caught me by surprise! I will say that given the number of funerals at Jefferson Barracks, the ceremony is much shorter than what I have experienced in other "public" cemeteries. Thanks for all YOU do, Tom!! Nancy L Bender BAA...
By JDay on 3/19/2013 1:57 PM
A wonderful message was sent to Washington BAA Bugler, John Gonzales.

"I wanted to say thanks again from our family for playing Taps at our dad's burial last week. Too bad that it wasn’t as sunny as the previous day and not the best conditions for playing, but we appreciate your fine musicianship under not-so-perfect conditions. It was very touching to have a real rendition of Taps, and I can just hear my dad saying, “That’s neat, Tiger.”
Also thanks to Bugles Across America, what a great organization!
Warmest regards,
Deb O and the H family"
By JDay on 2/5/2013 8:40 PM
Here's a wonderful "Thank you" that came in to us this week.  Great work Vince!

"BAA and Vince DeVincenzio Were WONDERFUL! Thank you so very much for the outstanding work you do! We were honored to have Vince DeVincenzio play Taps at our WWII veteran father Don Chapin's memorial service yesterday. Vince was professional, on time and accommodating and played wonderfully well. He saved the day for the military honors, as the honor guard arranged for by the cremation society funeral director NEVER showed up to the service. Vince gave our hero Dad a fitting and proper tribute. I have made a donation online and will urge family and friends to do the same. Sincerely, Karen C"
By JDay on 1/29/2013 12:16 AM
Thanks to BAA's Chaplain, Ron Glazer, here's the story of the Four Chaplains and the guidelines for Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Services in PFD form.
The Four Chaplains Story.pdf
ServiceGuideFourChaplains.pdf
By JDay on 1/25/2013 2:20 AM
"Tom
Just a note to say that I very much enjoyed the time to talk with you, and to enjoy your daughter's company.  She is a gem, and you are as well for all the time you contribute to the Bugle's program.

Our country is so much better for people like you - !

Many thanks for all you do - I, and so many others, will long remember the class act that you are and what you bring to the front.

R/
CDR Paul Alberts"
By JDay on 1/25/2013 2:14 AM
"My father, Henry S Brower, an Iwo Jima survivor died recently.  He had wanted a live bugler at his funeral, which was today, January 21, 2013.

Richard Wardlow answered my request to your organization for bugler.  He playing was wonderful.  My father would have been very proud.

Thank you so much for founding your organization and helping with this.  I have given your web address to the funeral director in case other families would also like a bugler.

Thank you very much,
Marge S."
By JDay on 1/25/2013 1:51 AM
On Jan. 11, 2013, we laid to rest my Father, interned in the Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery.  We had the honor of having Larry Crossman play Taps for my father.  I just want to say thank you for honoring my father with such a beautiful rendition of Taps.  I will never forget it.  Thank you again
Kathy K.
By JDay on 1/18/2013 2:49 AM
Here's a great story that came into us from a BAA member: "Today, I played TAPS at a grave side service for a Air Force Colonel and a Coast Guard Seaman. His wife died some years ago and now that the husband had passed the family decided to have full Military Honors for both.  Honor teams from both services were present. I was there to play taps in Bugles Across America uniform. Afterwards, I had decided to go to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for my volunteer duties in Palliative Care, remaining in my BAA uniform. To lazy to go home and change or pack a change of clothing… My past visits at the VAMC had been somewhat unproductive for a lack of a better way to say it. I was not able to connect for some reason. Today was much different as I was in uniform with my service ribbons. The connection was almost immediate. Must have talked with 5-6 people! Residents and staff. I talked about BAA briefly and then visited with the residents. So that is the story of my adventures of today. Mark L Dallner Milwaukee,...
By JDay on 1/10/2013 10:57 AM
By JDay on 12/17/2012 2:25 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, my fellow Buglers.

Today, the first 2 children of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy will be laid to rest.

This country needs our healing.  Please join me in going out to your yard at sundown and sounding Last Call.  I will be playing each night until all the victims are laid to rest.  Will you join me?

Thomas J. Day  
Founder  
By JDay on 11/29/2012 3:24 AM
Just thought we'd let you in on this event.  It's sponsored in part by BAA.  
Reading of the Fallen Ceremony
Dec 14th, 2012 at 9:11am
Thompson Center's Outdoor Plaza
100 W. Randolph St., Chicago (Corner of Randolph & Clark)
For more information, email reading@chicagowelcomeshometheheros.org
By JDay on 11/25/2012 3:19 AM
BAA Bugler, Rich Yndestad, gets a wonderful "thank you" letter.
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Hi Rich,
Thank you very much for being such an important part of our Veterans Day program at Westbridge.  Your bugle playing made the program extra-special for our residents and the information about the history of “Taps” was very interesting.  We really appreciate the time and effort that you made to be here with us to honor our veterans.
J.E.
By JDay on 11/15/2012 12:55 AM
We here in Rhode Island are very proud of Patrick on his performance and his unending support to assure every eligible veteran here in Rhode Island receive “live taps” at their final farewell!
Patrick gave a wonderful speech all about the purpose and the history of BAA.........
 
Thank you, Mike Jackson
 
http://americanlegionpost18ri.homestead.com/
By JDay on 10/31/2012 3:14 PM
Bugles Across America sends it's prayers out to all those in the path of Sandy and will donate $1,000.00 to help with recovery.  Mark Paradis, New Jersey State Director, will advise us on a viable Red Cross fund.  
God Bless all on the East Coast.
Thomas J. Day
Founder and Marine Bugler
By JDay on 10/11/2012 12:22 AM
"I am so happy to fall on your site.  When my dad died I asked if the military would do anything for a WWII vet and they only sent one young military man. So I had a choice... either play Harry James Cirbirbin or Taps.  I chose Taps and I felt so proud.  My dad loved his country and talked about the war all the time. He missed his Army buddies so much that I'd like to think that he is with his Timberwolves again in France. Thank you for what you do. I am so proud to be a son of an American hero.  "
Submitted By: Arthur Y.
By JDay on 10/1/2012 1:57 AM
The following are events that founder Tom Day will be at for Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday 2012

  • Nov. 4th - Lutheran Church  Berwyn, IL, 10 am. (10th year)
  • Nov 8th - Union ridge school, Harwood Heights, IL, 8:15 am.
  • Nov 9th - Pershing School, Berwyn, IL, 8:30 am.
  • Nov 9th - Divine Infant Church, Westchester, Illinois, 1:45pm
  • Nov  9th - Marine Corps League, Marine Birthday Ball, Batavia, IL, 7 pm.
  • Nov 10th - Vietnam Memorial, State St. and Wacker , Chicago, IL, 9:30 am.
  • Nov 11th - Echo Taps 4th Year in Elkhart, IN, 9 am.
  • Nov. 16th - Indian Trail School, Plainfield, IL, 8:30 am.

Tom will be speaking and playing Taps at all events.
By JDay on 9/25/2012 3:05 PM
Although medal displaying was encouraged in Great Britain and other allied countries after WWII, the U.S. did not develop the tradition early on. As medals have become more available and the services have improved on issuing and presenting them, Americans are starting up their own tradition of displaying their awards after service. The Armed Forces are now one of the most respected and admired institutions in the U.S. Since World War II over 28 million Americans have served their country in the Armed Forces and their pride and their families pride of their service is reflected in the enormous respect of their fellow countrymen. Beginning with Veterans Day 2006, the Secretary of Veteran Affairs urged Veterans to show their pride of service by wearing their medals on Veterans Day. He expressed the hope this display of military decorations, which he called the “Veterans Pride Initiative,” would become a traditional part of Veterans Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and other patriotic observances....
By JDay on 9/25/2012 3:00 PM
Just wanted to let the organization know of the wonderful job TSgt Raymond Keel performed at my fathers memorial service.  He was "perfect and it was a wonderful way to honor our father

Thank you so very much for your organization and service to all veterans and their families.
Submitted By: Laura L.
By JDay on 9/25/2012 2:43 PM
Just wanted to let you know how it went today for the funeral in Timonium at 12:30.  I contacted the MD NG guys in advance to let them know I was coming, and they said they planned to arrive by 11:30.  Therefore, I got there at 11:30 also.  I introduced myself and had a chance to get to know the two NG guys - they were both pretty senior, one a Sergeant First Class and the other a Sergeant.  Anyway, the funeral party was delayed a bit, so it was 1:00 PM before they arrived.  Everything went well, I believe.  I didn't make any mistakes playing Taps, so that was good.  Both of the NG guys thanked me after it was over and said they were glad not to have to use the digital bugle.  Hopefully, my performance adds to the confidence the MD NG has that BAA can do the job in a professional and dignified way.  On top of all that, it was a beautiful day and wasn't even unpleasant standing in the sun.     Again, I want to thank you for including the Virginia buglers on these Maryland requests.  Since I live in Northern Virginia,...
By JDay on 9/22/2012 12:56 AM
Dear Tom, I want to extend our deepest gratitude to you for bringing the flags for the Premiere and for your beautiful trumpet playing "Taps" at the end of the movie.  It was such a great way to end such a moving film on bringing our service-members home. We will bring the film to the Pritzker Military Library for a smaller event in the near future and hope you will once again join us.  In the meantime, please accept our heartfelt THANK YOU. Warmest regards. Sincerely, Linda De Bella The De Bella Agency (To view Video, click on Read More below)

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By JDay on 8/30/2012 8:08 PM
Topinka salutes Berwyn Military Funeral Honors Group Comptroller celebrates commitment to veterans SPRINGFIELD – Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this week saluted the dedication and commitment of Bugles Across America in Berwyn, which dedicates its time to perform Military Funeral Honors for veterans and fallen soldiers. As part of the Illinois Office of the Comptroller’s “Veteran’s Day” at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Topinka presented groups and individuals from throughout the state with proclamations celebrating their achievements and dedication. Topinka specifically congratulated Bugles Across America Founder Tom Day. A west suburban Marine, Day launched Bugles in November, 2000, to ensure that live buglers are available for military funerals. The organization has recruited 250 Illinois volunteers, and 8,000 nationwide, to perform at approximately 3,000 military funerals annually. “Tom has selflessly worked for more than a decade to ensure that his fellow veterans have an appropriate burial,”...
By JDay on 8/30/2012 4:11 PM
Dear Buglers Across America, On Wednesday afternoon my father-in-law, George B. Gardner was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. He lost his 5 year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 94 years of age and a World War II veteran. He is also a Silver Star recipient. Thanks to Bugles Across America, I was able to fulfill George's greatest dream of having "Taps" played at his funeral. On this Thursday morning after George's funeral, I'm compelled to write this letter of appreciation on behalf of my entire family. The service you provided was above and beyond anything I could have expected! Within an hour of sending the initial letter of inquiry I was contacted by a bugler who confirmed he would play "Taps" at George's service!   On behalf of my entire family I want to THANK Bugles Across America for making a "Warriors" dream come true! We were so honored to see Sheldon Gordon standing at attention in full uniform at the curb as we pulled up to the grave site. Sheldon's appearance...
By JDay on 8/23/2012 12:14 AM
Here is a short conversation of how an event is born. People get involved and an event develops.  We will see how it turns out. God Bless America, Tom Day, Founder *** Question: "I live in Wichita, Kansas and currently not involved in any special event for 9/11, but think it would be great to participate in one, possibly even organize one. Can you give me tips on what my next steps should be?  Here in Wichita, many things are centered around the Arkansas River that runs right thru downtown and has many memorials to fallen soldiers in one specific area of the river walk. Wouldn’t it be great on 9/11 to line the walk way by the military memorials with as many buglers as possible that morning at  the time of the first tower being hit to play taps?  That would send a message to our town that 9/11 has not been forgotten.  Any next steps you could suggest would be appreciated." Answer: "Pick a spot in town, Tell the press and gather friends and play Taps 4 times in each direction.  Tom Day" Reply: "I have...
By JDay on 8/22/2012 11:58 PM
Mason Miller Muster chairperson at Texas' A & M university said BAA supplied the music and Taps for the 2012 Muster In Waco, Texas.  They loved BAA.

Barry L. Probst of the reunion of the U.S.S. Boston shipmates sent a letter stating that buglers David Breth and William Miles did a great job sounding Taps at their 2012 reunion in Buffalo NY on 7-14-2012.

Just some of the good work BAA does around the country, and it looks like 9-11 will be a real event nationwide.

Tom Day, Founder
By JDay on 8/17/2012 12:57 AM
 

 

 

Funeral of an Old Soldier, by Steven Grzesik (AKA Ranger Steve)



Bushnell National Cemetery lies tucked away behind a forest preserve, off a country road in a very beautiful, rural area of Florida.  It is dotted with giant oak trees and carefully placed blooming plants. During the day, hoove marks from deer eating acorns at night are visible everywhere. All in all, it is one of the prettiest cemeteries I have ever seen. It is here that I went through ‘basic bugle training’ with the Florida National Guard. Tom Day had sent me my first bugle and I played Taps those first months under the supervision of Sgt. Jones, a fair man, but a perfectionist as far as his funeral details went.

The day was perfect. Sgt. Jones’ soldiers’ uniforms and attitude were perfect. When the call, “Mission”, was given, everyone was in their proper place...
By JDay on 8/15/2012 11:57 PM
Thank from the bottom of my heart for providing a bugler to play Taps during the Honors ceremony at my husband's services. My husband was Arvy A. Geurin, Navy veteran of WWII, Iwo Jima Survivor who went ashore with the Marines. He deserved an Honors Ceremony with a live bugler, and that's exactly what there was, thanks to Bugles Across America. I cannot express how much it meant to hear the bugler and know that my husband was being honored. It was both sad and beautiful. I don't know the name of the bugler; I was in no shape to greet him after the services, but he played beautifully and from the heart. It was at the Santa Cruz Memorial Park, Crystal Chapel, on August 3, 2012. Please thank him on my behalf and the behalf of my family.
Gale G.
By JDay on 7/27/2012 12:53 AM
On July 14th the USS Little Rock Association, as a part of its 21st annual Reunion in Wilmington. NC, held a Memorial Service for our deceased shipmates. As a part of this service we sought out, through your organization, Bugler Lance Smith.

Mr. Smith was excellent and he was a significant addition to the proceedings. We were moved by his rendition of Taps.

We are indebted to Lance Smith, and to Bugles Across America, for helping to make our Memorial Service meaningful, military and memorable.

As a token of our appreciation we are pleased to enclose our check for an honorarium.

With thanks and best wishes,
Frank E. Berglas
Secretary/ Treasurer
USS Little Rock Association.
********
Thanks Lance for your great service.
Tom Day
Founder
By JDay on 7/10/2012 10:14 PM
During the first part of July I was at the Elks National Convention in Austin, Texas.  Mr. Dave Boostrom  came over on two mornings and we did a joint playing of "To The Colors" to open the days events.  Dave is a great player and has a collection of trumpets. Dave taught me a few things about playing and we had a great time. I have in the past had several foundations that were yearly contributors to BAA. This year only a couple of them were able to help. Fortunately I had saved a good amount we collected last year. This has enabled BAA to do much of what many took advantage of during the 150th Anniversary of Taps.  I have one more outing that will take place in Chicago on Sept. 29th and 30th. The first player of Taps O.W. Norton passed away about this time in 1920. We will present a wreath at the Cemetery and sound Taps which I don't think he ever got. I think its only right that the first player should have something special. Jari has already agreed to come as well. Speaking of funds and the constant need...
By JDay on 7/8/2012 2:22 PM
Just wanted to share BAA's Richard Yndestad's interview with local TV station NTV17 for the 150th Anniversary of Taps.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwkrH-F1nF8&feature=youtu.be
By JDay on 6/28/2012 1:45 PM
There is a new book on bookstore shelves titled Losing Marmee, written by M. Elizabeth Sweeney.  It's about a mother, a daughter, and six years of assisted living.   Bugles Across America is shown on page 286.

Actually BAA is very close to this part in life as we are called very often to help so many families when the end is near.  It's good to be considered by a writer when putting a book together.   God bless the players of BAA.

Tom Day
By JDay on 6/28/2012 1:17 PM
You are invited to join us for a great music and history program with ICE CREAM. Our program is called "Requiem for an Era" in honor of Col. Truman Crawford U.S.M.C. Drum and Bugle Corps 8th and I Streets, Washington, D.C. and the 150th Anniversary of the hardest 24 notes called Taps. The Taps 150 Ice Cream Social will be September 29, 2012 at Helping Hand Center, 9649 W. 55th Street, Countryside, IL from 1:00-4:00 P.M. The program starts with a prayer by Civil War Rev. Jerry Kowalski. It will be followed by a 45 minute program of Patriotic Civil war songs by the famous Divine Infant Choir from Divine Infant Jesus Church in Westchester, IL. This will be followed by a short presentation by the Chimes Ensemble, also from Divine Infant Jesus Church. Then there will be about two hours of spirited music by the Marci Nigh Brigade Band from Island Lake, songs like Battle Hymn, Dixie, Johnny Comes Marching Home, Battle Cry of Freedom, and others from the Civil War Era. At the close of the show will...
By JDay on 5/30/2012 11:51 PM
A note to BAA: "I found your site from a CNN thing on YouTube.  I had just minutes earlier written the following note to NBC news when i saw what looked to be a dubbed bugler, and they tried to put it across as real. Here is what i wrote: I think photo shopping a news photo is just as offensive as it would be to convey to the public that a person is playing the bugle LIVE when it was not being played. The report where it  alludes that a certain gentleman is playing the bugle, i don't see any keys on the bugle being pressed that coincide with the sound heard.  So how does this happen? Is the man miming?  If so don't try to give the public who could not be there the FALSE impression that he is. I find it horribly offensive for people to lip synch or play a cassette tape instead of doing what they should be able to do live. Make believe is for kindergarteners.  I don't care if they want to play a recording of taps at a ceremony.....but i do care.... I do care very much when a reporter collaborates...
By JDay on 5/30/2012 11:19 PM
The past few months our VFW Post Honor Guard here in Center, Texas has had the services of two of your buglers.  Dr. Kirby Hill from Carthage is one and the other is David Treadaway from Broaddus, Texas.  When one is not available the other has always filled in.  We all admire the devotion and time they both spend.  A live bugler certainly adds to our Military Honors Funerals and they both have done an outstanding job.  Just wanted you to know of their professionalism and how thankful we are.
Thank you,
Larry H.
By JDay on 5/23/2012 1:38 AM
Hello Buglers,
I just wanted to put out this reminder... If you use an email program that has a Spam block tool which only allows incoming messages from senders you've approved beforehand... please make sure that BAA is in that "approved" category. Most of the emails that would be coming to you would be from info@buglesacrossamerica.org.  This is how you receive any emails and requests from BAA. It is not our obligation to submit to be approved from every single email we get returned to us wanting approval. Earthlink users... We get them mostly from you. You can keep your Spam filter.. but please update your settings to accept us. Thank you.
By JDay on 5/23/2012 12:18 AM
This is what the BAA float will look like in the Chicago Memorial Day Parade on May 26.   Those who volunteered to ride and march need to be at Daley Center by 10 am!
Thanks,
Tom Day
By JDay on 5/16/2012 12:55 AM
This is Saturday, May 19th at 10 am at the Old Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery.
By JDay on 5/6/2012 2:15 AM
Hello Buglers,
I am looking for as many buglers as possible to play Echo Taps at the Veterans Echo Taps & Flag Decoration in Grand Rapids, MI.

This annual event will be on May 23rd, 2012 and located at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans at 3000 Monroe Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505.   The event starts at 5, if anyone wants food (hot dogs etc. are free).  Otherwise Buglers should arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. and we will be meeting in the cemetery at the top of the hill near the statue.

I am hoping to have as many buglers as possible at this event. Please contact me directly to register 616-915-3658 / jd@dexters.org

Thank you,
Jim Dexter
By JDay on 5/2/2012 12:45 AM
Hello Buglers!
I'm just re-posting this event as a reminder since this is coming up!  It sounds like a very cool evening!
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Just letting you know about a concert Saturday May 19th in Schenectady, NY, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the composition of Taps by General Daniel Butterfield, Union College Class of 1849. 15-piece brass band led by military historian, ceremonial brass player and conductor Jari Villanueva.

It will be held at Union College Memorial Chapel at 9pm. Fireworks on the lawn at 10:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/292035500876749/
By JDay on 4/26/2012 2:55 PM
Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, IL, will host an 150th Anniversary Celebration on July 7th, 2012 from 9 am - 5 pm and it is open to the public.

There will be a parade, entertainment, historical tours, circus performances, a retreat ceremony, games, car show, food vendors and a Chicago Blackhawks hockey team shoot off.

** No animals allowed at this event except service animals.**

General event questions for this event:  Penny Kroul, (309) 782-0212. 
By JDay on 4/20/2012 10:44 PM
Hello Buglers,
Just letting you know about a concert Saturday May 19th in Schenectady, NY, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the composition of Taps by General Daniel Butterfield, Union College Class of 1849. 15-piece brass band led by military historian, ceremonial brass player and conductor Jari Villanueva http://www.tapsbugler.com/.

It will be held at Union College Memorial Chapel at 9pm. Fireworks on the lawn at 10:00 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/events/292035500876749/
By JDay on 4/20/2012 12:34 AM
Raffle to benefit TAPS 150
 
1st Prize Hand-made wooden bugle (mouthpiece not included)
2nd Prize Aman plastic bugle
 
Prize to be drawn on:
Sunday August 5, 2012 at 7 PM at the Lurman Theater, Catonsville, Maryland
 
WINNERS DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT.
 
Cost per ticket Tickets are $5.00 each.  
 
Buy Four tickets and receive one free!!

Purchase your ticket here:

http://taps150.org/wp/store#ecwid:category=2476407&mode=product&product=11013637


By JDay on 4/19/2012 11:47 AM
I am writing to thank Tech Sgt. Sclager for the most honorable service for our late father.  We so appreciate your music talent with the trumpet for coming early and practicing with our organist at McManen Church and for the most beautiful music we could have imagined.  Your respect and true compassion for our family and friends will be never forgotten.  The folding of the flag and presentation was also so well performed.  Thank you so much again for such a lovely and memorable service and please forgive my tardiness in sending this Thank You as we were healing from our loss. 
Thank you again and we hope we see you again.
             
Sincerely,
Scarlett and Kieth T.
By JDay on 4/14/2012 10:46 AM
Fantastic news!  We have just received more FREE seating for the USMC Evening Parade at 8th and I SE on May 18th.

These new seats will be behind the Cannons but they have a great view.

You do not need tickets but Tom Day and I must escort everyone in as a group.

There is parking available at Maritime Plaza, 1201 M Street, S.E. Washington DC 20003. Shuttles will start taking people over at 7:00pm. If you do this option, please try to be on the first shuttle.  Remember to plan for rush hour traffic.

Alternatively, riding the Metro is an option. The closest station to the parade is the Eastern Market Metro Station (Both Orange and Blue lines). It is 3 long city blocks away from the Barracks but a walk-able distance.

The parade location is at: USMC Marine Barracks, 8th Street and I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20390

You must be at our meeting point at 7:00 pm so we can get organized. This is at Main Gate 4 South.

After 7:45 pm any seats left are no longer reserved for...
By JDay on 4/11/2012 7:33 PM
We are grateful to the bugler that drove from Lufkin, Texas, to play for Allwyn Wilmoth's burial service, which took place at the beautiful national cemetery in Dallas, among bluebonnets and tornado sirens. We were impressed and comforted by the bugler's talent, compassion, and professionalism. Thank you for this fine organization. 
Karen W.
By JDay on 4/10/2012 3:38 PM
Saturday night April 7th,  BAA member Arturo Sandoval picked up his trumpet and joined the Chicago Jazz Orchestra at Northwestern University's Pick-Singer Hall in Evanston, Illinois. The Chicago Tribune called Arturo's performance great. Well the paper said, " Whether firing volleys into the stratosphere or unspooling long, luscious lines, trumpeter Sandoval tends to dominate any room he's in.

I can just imagine how he would be at a funeral....

About three years ago we had a Michigan request just north of South Bend and the mission was taken by Patrick Hession who played on his Monette trumpet. Another place where you would want to hear Taps done.

Well just some brass observations.

Anyhow BAA will be back at Northwestern U. on the 21st of April to present Medals to Cadets with the Navy ROTC.

Tom Day
Founder
By JDay on 4/9/2012 1:51 AM
Greeting all. I know it's a lot to ask, but if you could help spread the word about support the two Taps 150 events, we'd appreciate it.  These two events (especially the Berkeley commemoration) costs money and we need your help and support!
http://taps150.org/wp/donate

Thanks,
Jari Villanueva
By JDay on 4/6/2012 3:59 PM
I am looking for as many of our horn players in the Chicago area to march in the front of the Chicago Memorial Day Parade on State Street, which is 9 blocks, carry horns and sound Taps a couple of times in the parade. Also The Chicago Loop Alliance has offered us a free float. So I will need Horn players to ride on the float with horns and friends to hold 3 flags so TV and people can see them. The BAA flag, the Taps 150 flag, and the BAA designed "Gold Star Mothers" flag.  This done on both sides of the float.  Parade covered by ABC  TV and others on the route for Nightly news.
The parade is May 26th at noon but we will meet earlier at 10am for staging.  To volunteer, please call Tom Day at 708-484-9029 or email him at tomjday@sbcglobal.net
Thanks
Tom
By JDay on 4/4/2012 2:38 PM
Greetings all BAA Members The TAPS 150 Store is open at http://taps150.org/wp/store This is the place to purchase TAPS items: -TAPS 150 Medals -TAPS 150 Pins -TAPS 150 Coins -TAPS 150 Patches -TAPS 150 T-Shirts -TAPS 150 Coffee Mugs -“Day is Done”-The TAPS 150 CD -“24 Notes That Tap Deep Emotions” The Taps book by Jari Villanueva All proceeds benefit the TAPS 150 projects this year. These include the Commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery, the 150th Anniversary “Birth of an American Tradition” at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia, and a commemoration at the grave of Major General Daniel Butterfield at West Point in October. Please support TAPS150 and BAA in these worthy projects! Make a purchase today. For more information on the events this year, please visit http://taps150.org And visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/150th-Anniversary-of-Taps-at-Arlington-National-Cemetery-May-19-2012/193701390721534...
By JDay on 3/31/2012 12:54 AM
BAA has become a topic on the Trumpet Master forum. I registered yesterday. I am an Honorably Discharged Veteran from the Air Force (1976-80). Served as a Bugler on many Honor Guards.
I started playing again after a 20+ year lay off in Feb 2011.
My "chops" are back sufficiently to be a member of an honor guard.
Sincerely,
Dave
By JDay on 3/31/2012 12:33 AM
Thank you for your interest in attending the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, an evening tradition for over 60 years at the Oldest Post of the Corps.  Your reservation for 40 to attend the Evening Parade on the night of Friday, 18 May 2012 through Main Gate, is confirmed and this e-ticket should be printed and brought with you.  Letters and printed tickets are no longer being sent to guests via the mail system in an effort to increase reliability and efficiency.    Your party should arrive together and use the above information in order to be seated.  Parking is available at Maritime Plaza, 1201 M Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003.  Gates at Marine Barracks will open at 7:00 p.m.  To honor your reservation, you must arrive at your assigned gate no later than 7:45 p.m.  At 8:00 p.m. the general admission gate opens and all unclaimed seats will be filled.  Please be advised that as a security measure all guests will be required to walk through metal detectors and all purses, backpacks, and packages...
By JDay on 3/30/2012 4:46 PM
Tom,
Thanks for having the bugle repaired.  It has been donated back to the school for our taps program.  Attached is a picture of one of our high school buglers at work last Memorial Day.
By JDay on 3/27/2012 12:21 AM
"I went to the cemetery today for my late husbands birthday, took flowers, flag and balloon...my husband was a Sgt. in the Marines. There was a very nice man there that played the taps for me. It was beautiful !!!!!! I can only pray that all Veterans can be honored in the way I felt that my husband was today. Thank you !!!!! His birthday was complete". - Judy
By JDay on 3/26/2012 11:17 PM
Greetings, Mr. Day. Thank you, again, for your personal support and Bugles of America's corporate support in providing an award medal for our Awards Night on March 8, 2012.   On behalf of BAA, I presented the blue medal to Cadet Corporal Tyra Greenwood.  This is Cadet Greenwood's first semester of JROTC, but her enthusiasm and commitment to the program will propel her into a leadership position next year.  Besides receiving the BAA medal, she also received a scholastic excellence medal from Military Officers Benevolent Corporation. I have two pictures attached.  The first shows me presenting the BAA award medal and the second shows the Cadets along with the Presenters from other Veterans, Military, and Patriotic organizations that also sponsored their medals for us. On behalf on LTC Gordon Wesley, Senior Army Instructor of Abe's Battalion at Lincoln High School, you and the BAA have our sincerest appreciation and gratitude.   Yours in Patriotism, Brendan White, Booster ...
By JDay on 3/19/2012 10:16 PM
Ray,
I cannot thank you enough for your volunteer support to play Taps at my Dad's funeral. I am very sorry that the emotion of the moment and time available did not allow me to greet you and thank you personally. I certainly intended to do so. I have made a donation to Bugles Across America acknowledging your volunteerism and professionalism.

The presence of a live Bugler added the touch of class and dignity that the Honors and tradition deserved. I would not have had it any other way. Again, I sincerely thank you and on the behalf of my family. My Dad would have been humbled.

Thank you,
Bob Wiseman
CAPT, USN/Retired
Austin, TX
By JDay on 3/18/2012 11:00 PM
On March 19 2012 I, as a Past VFW post commander, was flag folder at a funeral where I met your Bugler Kirby Hill, from Carthage Texas.  I must say He did an outstanding job, It was an honor to have him play.  Looked sharp in his uniform and was perfect.  I tried to catch up with him before he left the area but got involved before I could catch him.  Great Great Great.
Veterans, Keep em on your mind.

John Piersol
By JDay on 3/12/2012 4:01 AM
Our 3rd edition of Buglers Post!  Enjoy!
BuglersPost_Issue3.pdf

Or try this if you have difficulties!  Copy and paste into your browser.
http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/Portals/0/Buglers%20Post%20Issues/BuglersPost_Issue3.pdf
By JDay on 3/7/2012 11:28 PM
March 5, 2012   Mr. John Worley c/o Bugles Across America   Dear Mr. Worley,   On Saturday, March 3, 2012, the Bridgewater Congregational Church, Bridgewater, Connecticut, had a memorial service for one of our veterans of WWII, LTC Franklin H. McColgin (Ret). COL McColgin served in the United States Army Air Corps in WWII and was a combat veteran having served in the European Theatre. He received 4 Air Medals for his efforts along with several other military awards and citations.   This service included a military honor guard, a military salute and the playing of Taps. You and your organization were instrumental in honoring COL McColgin by providing the bugler, Mr. Dillon Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez’s performance was inspirational and added the most time-honored culmination to the military funeral setting both the appropriate tone and atmosphere for this celebrated occasion.   The McColgin family and I very much appreciated your organization’s selfless service and the volunteerism of this wonderful young...
By JDay on 2/25/2012 11:24 PM
I wanted to share a photo from the Daytona paper.  For 10 years the Deltona High School team of buglers has supported Bugles Across America and have done a couple of thousand collectively services for us.  Now the students from University High School Orange City are also helping since Deltona High and University split. They never forgot the services they did and carry the tradition on from there also.  I send certificates and medals to the schools for helping from Tom Day and BAA.  I thought all of you should know this.
John Murphy
Bugles Across America Florida
By JDay on 2/24/2012 3:33 PM
This video reveals where our military headstones originate.  Very enlightening, interesting, and somber.
Military Headstones
By JDay on 2/19/2012 11:43 PM
Dear Mr. Day, My father recently died at the age of 86, and being a Navy vet, we asked for an Honor Guard ceremony at Ft. Rosecans (San Diego).  As you are well aware, we are losing so many WW II vets, we were not guaranteed a live bugler.  Luckily, the woman who handled my father's cremation gave me your website.  Within hours of requesting a bugler, I received a phone call and an email from one of your volunteers.  Unfortunately, he had a family emergency and had to cancel a few weeks later.  Within minutes of my request being posted again, I received a phone call from Capt. Marv Steinman.  (I'm already getting choked up just typing his name.)  Not only was he professional, and discreet, but his rendition of TAPS was incredibly powerful.  Afterwards, I introduced myself and he gave me the most sincere hug I think I've ever had from a complete stranger.  He explained he volunteers to honor his father who happened to be a Navy vet too. I can't thank your organization enough for sending my family Capt....
By JDay on 2/15/2012 12:46 AM
Three cheers for Marine Bugler Ed Crobie.

Ed joined BAA 10 years ago today. I remember when Ed called me and said, " Hi Tom, I just saw you on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and I want to be a member and sound Taps at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery down here where I live. How can I do that"?

I remember my response. I said, Ed take your horn over there and show them you can sound Taps correctly and that you are willing to Volunteer to play LIVE instead of using the taped version.

Well, Bugler Crobie did just that. And ten years later we have more that nine regular players at the cemetery, doing twenty funerals a day.

Bugler Crobie has done more than 5,000 burials.

God Bless Ed and all the Volunteers at the Cemetery who are on the team.
Tom Day, Founder.
By JDay on 2/11/2012 4:43 PM
I've been working for several months with Alderman Balcer 11th ward and the Special Events unit for the city and on February 9th, we had our first meeting for the big parade on the eight floor of the city county building. For some time I have prepared information for the Alderman and the Special events staff has known me for over fifteen years. So this year I got a well prepared history of Taps and  of Oliver Wilcox Norton from Jari Villanueva who is the true authority on the history.  I had packets for twenty people all ready to go with CD's and coins even very nice books by CW4 Josef A. Orosz Jr. U.S. Army Band Ret.. John Trick comm. spokesman said whats all that info? I said, "I was going to try and sell my theme for the Parade". John said, "We already have one". then showed me the agenda for the meeting.   At the top was the theme printed. Taps the 150th Anniversary.   Then twenty members showed up and I passed out my envelopes for them and they all agreed. The Parade will be May 26th. down State...
By JDay on 2/6/2012 1:25 AM
Dear Mr. Tom Day

I had the pleasure of meeting one of you buglers, Hartmut Hausser when I volunteered as a vascular surgeon in support of the wounded American troops evacuated from Afghanistan to Landstuhl, Germany.  Hartmut is a wonderful man and I was very pleased to have met him.  We played a little harmonica together and became friends.  He is also held in high regard by one of my vascular surgical partners who has been to Landstuhl as well.  Bugles Across America is fortunate to have Hartmut as one of them.

Sincerely,
Steven S Gale, MD. FACS
By JDay on 2/4/2012 4:08 AM
Sir,
       I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for sending me the BAA accessories requested.  I will wear them with great pride in all events, and ceremonies in which I take an active part as a bugler. Once again, thank you for your consideration, Mr. Day.
 
Respectfully,
Walter Salvari, Scoutmaster
 BSA Troop 58
By JDay on 2/2/2012 3:50 PM
Our very own Larry DuPree was interviewed regarding Taps 150 and about Taps itself on The Connie Pillich Show in Ohio.  The show is available on their website at
The Connie Pillich Show

If you have any troubles viewing the streaming video, make sure your software is up to date and that you have QuickTime installed on your computer, and keep in mind that some virus software or firewalls may prevent you from viewing streaming material online. If you need to download QuickTime, it's free and
available here:
Quicktime

The show began airing yesterday and will continue through the month of February.
By JDay on 2/2/2012 3:32 PM
Obviously you can't click the photo but here is the link if you want to order tickets.
Click here to order tickets

By JDay on 1/30/2012 11:02 PM
This was the first month of Taps 150 and it was a busy month. the sad part is that there is only 11 more months to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Taps. We are getting new members from all over America and that's great. I ask that all Directors stay alert and call the new players to see and hear them and get them active as soon as possible. I only did two missions in January both on the same day. This is great news as the rest were filled by a number of Illinois players jumping on all new requests. In the Chicago area BAA is the first to be called by the Navy out of Great Lakes and the area Coast Guard. Georgia, The entire East Coast, California, and even Arizona have really gotten busy. I see that Jari says we have over 100 players signed up for May 19th at Arlington. Early in the month I got several requests for patches, and pins and they went out.  Today 1-30-12, I will drop off another seven envelopes with gear. there is NO charge and it's first come first served. Let us know if you are planing anything in your area for Taps 150....
By JDay on 1/29/2012 3:58 AM
This Friday is the 69th anniversary of the loss of four military men of faith and 672 other service members.  On February 3, 1943, the U.S.A.T. DORCHESTER was tragically sunk.  Of the 902 young men on board, only 230 survived.  Many of those survivors  owe their lives to the  courage and leadership exhibited by the heroic Four Chaplains, who, in  sacrificing their lives, created a unique legacy of brotherhood. Learn about this event at http://www.fourchaplains.org/ and click on the link under the American flag http://fourchaplains.org/ServiceGuide.pdf for the guide to help you or your community, VFW, American Legion, etc. host a service in memory of the Four Chaplains who gave their lives for the men they served with.   Please send any photos and written experiences from your event to Jennifer Day at baa.jday@gmail.com after your event so that we can include them in our Newsletter.  Thank you! Promote...
By LarryWiseman on 1/22/2012 12:08 PM


We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Don Ware as the new State Director in Georgia. Mr. Ray Tanner will remain on as Assistant Director, and BAA is very indebted to Ray for his leadership for the last two years. For the last two years, Don Ware has been Asst. Director, assigned to the Quick Response Team of buglers at the Georgia National Cemetery. This team of buglers has been working closely with the National Guard, perfoming approximately 3,000 services in the last two years. Don is a former police officer of 8 years, the father of 7 children, ranging in ages from 5 to 23. His son is currently serving in the US Marine Corps, and his oldest daughter is at the University of Mississippi. Don and his wife Kim reside in North Georgia, and they both work for Moneris Solutions, a credit card management company. Don says"Most of all, I believe in Jesus Christ...
By JDay on 1/17/2012 5:20 PM
Dear Tom,
I received your package with the patches and pins enclosed......they are beautiful.  I will wear the BAA uniform with much pride the next time I play taps. 
Thank you for all you do for BAA! 
Carla B.
By JDay on 1/16/2012 1:58 AM
Sir: I am so proud to hear of your organization - Proud? Yes, because I was Honored to be a buglar with 2nd Army Drum & Bugle Corp in 1954-55 stationed at Ft. Meade, MD. Honored to have played at Arlington Nat'l Cemetary many times! Honored as a grandfather who has a grandson member of your organization whom just this day I learned will be attending your May 2012 Mass Bugling conference in Virginia. I wish I could attend, but health will not allow. So, may wife and I will send the best substitute, our grandson, Eriq Thompson, of Albany, OR.
Best Wishes and many thank yous for what you have accomplished for our Veterans!
God Bless You!
Dean W
By JDay on 1/11/2012 1:35 PM
Sirs, as always I appreciate the support provided by the Bugles Across America.  This past weekend (7-8 January 2012) your team was invaluable ISO over 18 Veterans successfully being honored.  I personally witnessed the support from Pat Gallagher and Don Ware, they got the rare opportunity to conduct ECHO TAPS and it was spot on, a great job. Their support of Congressman Jenkins service was nothing less than commendable.

Enough cannot be said about the professionalism, discipline, and performance of your personnel.  Your entire team are Great Patriots and Americans.

Thanks again, we appreciate the invaluable support.

SGM Bryan Hise
Military Honors
GA Army National Guard
By JDay on 1/11/2012 1:26 PM
On this date, Jan11th, 1988, Col. Greg "Pappy" Boyington passed away in California, Fresno Vets Hosp.. Pappy was a good friend for about five years prior to this as we meet at several Air shows because of my connection with Civil Air Patrol and the Second Marine Air Wing at Glenview Naval Air Station. Pappy called me a couple of weeks prior to passing and said he was running out of Runway and wanted me to sound Taps out in Calif. I told him I would be honored. In my mind I know when the time would come he would be buried with full honors at Arlington. A few days later I got a call from the Marines and they said they would fly me out to be at the ceremony and the band would take care of the honors but if I wanted I would be the only one allowed to film the entire program. I did go and I did capture this moment on film. It is now a part of the BAA history. Every time I go to Arlington I play at Pappy's grave. Over thirty years the site got crowed. Just behind Pappy is Boxer Joe Lewis and Actor Lee Marvin....
By JDay on 1/9/2012 11:44 PM
In Palm Beach County, Florida, Corporal Burt Richards has gained attention for various awards and commendations he has received for his hard work and determination to educate on American War Veterans.

On July 7th, 2011, Corporal Burt Richards, Congressman Ted Deutch congratulated Corporal Richards in the House of Representatives in Washington DC.  Ted praised him for being awarded the American Red Cross Community Courage Award for his work in educating the youth about service of Veterans. 

Corporal Richards and the local chapter of the Jewish War Veterans spearheaded the campaign to close Palm Beach County schools in remembrance of Veterans Day. 

On November 1st, 2011 at the Headquarters of Palm Beach County Commissioner, Priscella Taylor, Cpl. Burt Richards was honored for his outstanding service to Palm Beach County, his Veterans Speakers Forum and the School Education Deed to close all Palm Beach schools on Veterans Day.

Three Palm Beach County mayors signed the proclamation and...
By JDay on 1/6/2012 4:51 PM
My father passed away on December 30th  after a 12 yr. battle with lung cancer.  My Dad was an Army Reserve Vet.

I mentioned to the funeral home about Bugles Across America and they were able to get a live bugler to play Taps for the flag folding ceremony.

I wanted to let you know what a great job the bugler did for my Dad.  We are very grateful.
By JDay on 1/5/2012 2:33 AM
Hello BAA,
I believe i saw your web site on Fox News a while back.  I served with 3/1 USMC in Iraq as a Navy corpsman.  I was wounded on July 4th 2004 and decided to learn Taps and train everyday.

Thanks again
Anthony "Doc"Embesi
USMC /NAVY
By JDay on 1/5/2012 2:22 AM
Tom,     Thank you for the mention in your latest newsletter. Next month will be the seventh year's anniversary of BAA's Sunday Taps Vigil in Belleville, MI. Thinking back to seven years ago, the first one was almost the last one. Our local Veterans Memorial is located on the eastern edge of a three mile long lake about twenty five feet above the lakes level. March in Michigan can produce some really violent weather, and March, 2004 was no exception. Mother nature couldn't decide on rain or snow, so she settled for sleet, with it coming in horizontally on gusts of wind in the 25 mile per hour range. It was like being in a peashooter fight, without a peashooter of my own. The entire audience consisted of my VFW Post Quarter Master and the local newspaper editor. Last night the weather here was similar, though not quite as bad, and there were still 22 people who showed up for the event. God bless them all.     I'd love to make the Arlington event in May but I'll have to see just how bad I want to be there in March....
By JDay on 1/5/2012 1:23 AM
A friend of mine just shared the recent newsletter for BAA for which she had written an article about her daughter Heather playing TAPS at a funeral on 12/23/11.  I was thrilled to see that there is an organization of volunteers playing TAPS! My father was a WWII Disabled Veteran who passed away 12/9/2001 and I went crazy trying to find someone to play TAPS for his funeral.  I couldn’t find someone from the regional high school bands.  The only way I had live TAPS played at my father’s funeral was to hire a musician out of our area and paid him $100.  The cost didn’t matter because it was just so important to me to have TAPS played live for my father. I will no longer have a need for TAPS to be played but this is a wonderful way to pay respects to those who fought so bravely to secure our freedom.  Of course, they can’t hear TAPS but it means so much to family and friends left behind. If I hear of anyone needing TAPS played I certainly will contact BAA.   Thank You Donna M New Jersey...
By JDay on 12/31/2011 6:28 PM
Thank you!   God has given all of us a mission in our lives.   Your path in life has given you a large mission, however, what a Wonderful Mission it is. You have touched so many lives by your idea and commitment. I wish that when my dad died in 1996, we could have had TAPS played for him. We just received the Flag from the Funeral Director which was a great gesture. However, what you have accomplished means so much more.   When I looked down from that choir loft on Dec. 23, I saw several people just touch their hearts and bow their heads when Heather played the very 1st note of TAPS. My dad was a very proud member of the Air Force from WWII. He played saxophone in a dance band overseas, and continued his music as a member of the VFW Band. I grew up watching him perform, and he taught me the proper was to raise, lower, and fold the American Flag. I looked forward to doing that with him on every Patriotic Holiday.   My husband and I share in these same strong Patriotic values.   Heather is very...
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...
By JDay on 12/12/2011 12:54 AM
I just returned from our annual December trip to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery where I serve as the ceremony bugler for the Wreaths Across America event.  Somewhere between 1200 and 1500 in attendance and over 3700 wreaths placed today.  One of our experienced buglers, Jeff Miller, sounded Echo to my Taps.  Had the opportunity to meet face to face for the first time with two rather recent BAA enrollees, Joe May and Con Snavely.  I had invited them to come and to bring along their horns.  After the ceremony in the PA Memorial ampitheater, the four of us spread out and wandered the grounds so that we could offer to sound Taps for individuals that were there to place wreaths on family members graves.  As I was making my way up to one of the farthest sections, I could hear the sound of Taps ringing from all corners.
 
Howard
By JDay on 12/6/2011 3:50 AM
We want to congratulate Massachusetts bugler & State Director, John Collins for receiving an Achievement Medal for sounding Taps at more than 1000 Army services.   This was honored to him at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Veteran's Day 2011.

John is the only one there dressed in a Coast Guard uniform. The rest are from the 54th Honor Guard Regiment, Massachusetts National Guard. Some are reenactors in the uniform of the 54th in the Civil War. The 54th then was an all black outfit.

Congratulations John!  We're proud to have you with us!
By JDay on 12/1/2011 4:57 PM
Attention Buglers!

There is a new Chicago drum corps focused primarily on LOCAL activities at low cost.  They will be attached to DCA more than anyone else ... NO DCI connection.
 
This "might" be the new wave .. away from DCI to more affordable and reasonable corps activities. The Cadets also started their "Cadets2" corps which is also affiliated with DCA.
 
For more information...
http://windycitylegion.yolasite.com
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...
By JDay on 11/16/2011 12:29 PM
The Kingsmen Alumni Corps will be performing for the Fullerton Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 3rd at 5pm in the Downtown Plaza. Our next Rehearsal is Thursday, November 17th from 7 to 9:15 pm. Everyone is invited to come on down to the 40th Infantry Band Room and play some fun music. Rehearsal address: Joint Forces Training Base 40th Infantry Division Band Room 4506 Doolittle Ave. Los Alamitos, CA 90720 (Please respect all rules of this military base) Click here for map and directions: http://is.gd/e8c56 We have chairs and music stands in the band room, but please bring the Christmas music from our website. Performance/Meeting Location: Downtown Plaza in Fullerton (just east of Harbor Blvd) 125 East Wilshire Avenue Fullerton, CA 92832 Meet at 3:00pm, perform at 4:30pm If you need a copy of the music, you can login to our website and download it here: http://xKingsmen.com Regards, Gary Kean...
By JDay on 11/13/2011 12:07 PM

Our Louisiana State Director, Reagan Moon, was featured in his local news about playing Taps. Nice video! Great Job Reagan!

"Area Man Learns to Play Bugle For Veterans Funerals"

http://www.ktbs.com/first-news/29734781/detail.html?taf=shrev


 

 

By JDay on 11/13/2011 11:34 AM
This year, the Alabama Veterans Association invited Alabama State Director, Gene Ramasy,  to participate in their annual celebration held at the Alabama Veterans Memorial Park. Gene was asked to perform "America the Beautiful" and "Taps" during an Iwo Jima reenactment.

This photo is of Gene and one of the coordinators for the event.





By JDay on 11/4/2011 10:29 AM
NEWS RELEASE ITEM   In celebration of Veterans Day Bugles Across America will be holding a ‘Rolling Taps’ at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Friday November 11th.  We plan on playing at 4 pm near the front entrance of the cemetery.  If your media is looking for something pertinent yet unique for that day, we invite you to cover us as we say ‘Thank you’ to the Veterans that have gone on before us.      Rolling taps is taps played in a circle by numerous buglers.  It is played in a “round” so as to offer a prolonged echoing effect, much like the popular ‘echo taps’ only greatly amplified.  To our knowledge it has never been done at Fort Snelling but is done annually at most national cemeteries around the country.      Bugles Across America currently has over 8,000 members across the US, 129 of them in Minnesota. BAA was founded in 2000 by former Marine Thomas Day.  We are a non-profit organization dedicated to assuring all veterans have access to a live bugler for their military funeral.  I don’t know the...
By JDay on 11/3/2011 11:12 PM
Starting in 1953 Tom Cushing took up bugling, pictured here playing “Taps” in Union Station Chicago in 1955, in his St. Gregory High School uniform, in Norwood Park Imperials uniform in 1956, Skokie Indians uniform in 1960 and in Bugles Across America 2011. The Official Bugler for Griffith , Indiana American Legion Post 66, he has been playing in public for over fifty-eight years. Inducted into the BAA Bugler’s Hall of Fame in 2007 he finds it a privilege to able to honor veterans in a way that pays tribute to their service to the U.S.A. and show some gratitude for veterans organizations that contributed so much to my youth while marching and playing virtually all over this great nation of ours with competitive drum & bugle corps. Very sincerely yours, Tom Cushing, BAA ...
By JDay on 11/3/2011 11:07 PM
I need more players, I will be doing the Marines Hymn and am looking for players to do the other service songs. Tom Day Event Name/Deceased: Veteran's Appreciation Day Address: 3501 S. Laramie Stickney/Cicero, IL 60804 Requestor Name: Tim Liston Requestor Email: tliston@hawthorneracecourse.com Requestor Phone: 708-780-3733 Title: All welcome Branch: Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard Date/Time: 11/12/2011 13:00 Additional Info: Dear Buglers, Hawthorne Race Course is hosting a Veteran's Appreciation Day at the track for veterans and active service men/women. We are having dedicated...
By JDay on 11/1/2011 4:55 PM
Hi Tom - I just got back to my office after having played taps for a WWII Capt. that was a pilot of the 8 Air Force that had flown 35 missions.  Also received the distinguished flying cross medal.  The burial was in Pacific Grove over looking the ocean next to Asilomar. I tell you this as I continue to receive those long and tearing family faces that are so grateful for having live taps played.  I feel so privileged to be part of the Honor Guard, or as was the case this morning, I WAS the Honor Guard!  The burial ceremony was attended by 9 people, mostly family and lasted 15 minutes in a public cemetery.  I was quite taken back when walking back to my car - the son told me he knows we buglers play for nothing  -  he so appreciated the effort I made coming from San Jose that he handed me $200 for my effort! I usually wind up with an envelop stuffed in my hand with a generous amount of money.  I have to chuckle now when thinking back to the fuss I caused earlier about reimbursement of expenses.   Tom...
By JDay on 10/31/2011 2:26 PM
We just thought we'd share a photo of this gorgeous wooden bugle Tom Day had ordered and is being sent to him.

By JDay on 10/31/2011 2:19 PM
The Flag was designed by and made for Taps 150 in Chicago by Tom Day Founder of BAA. One was sent to Hartmut Houser our Bugler in Germany. Hartmut works at the American Veterans hospital in Landsthul, (may not be the correct spelling). This hospital is where  the wounded go from our current wars. This is where the president has been and entertainers, and big deals from all over . The flag is on display there and these visitors have signed it, Like the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Gov. of Illinois who is also pictured signing, already on the media section.

This flag will be flown in the Chicago Memorial Day Parade May 26th, 2012

By JDay on 10/31/2011 2:07 PM
Just a few things Tom Day is scheduled for over Veterans Day weekend. What are your plans? Please post them here! Former Imperial/Norwood Marching member and Drum major of the Mighty B corps, Tom Day,  will be teaching kids about Taps on Nov. 10th 8 am Pershing School, 10 am Piper School, noon Freedom school all in Berwyn, Illinois.   Nov. 11th Mayor of Chicago asked Tom to sound Taps at Solider field Chicago 11am.  Then on to Divine infant School, Westchester to join a Mass for Veterans and tell about the history of Taps and Close the Mass with Taps and give Medals to Veterans all invited.   Nov. 13th Fire Rifle and Taps at Trinity church Berwyn 10 am Horn Players and Rife persons invites free food..   In September on Constitution Day Tom was commissioned as the newest advisor for Veterans affairs for the Secty of State , Ill. Last week Tom got a special award for Helping The Marines of 224 on Foster Ave. in Chicago for helping with Flag presentations for two change of Commands in 2011 and sounding Taps...
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
Tom,

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.

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica/

Thank you Reagan for sharing your trip with us!





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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.
Enjoy.

http://www.silive.com/september-11/index.ssf/2011/08/911_reflections_john_schiavone.html
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.

From,
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.

P.M.”

“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.

P.M.”

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,

P.M.”

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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,
B.L.
By JDay on 9/27/2011 2:38 AM
To all you patriots
 
Sgt Angelo Vaccaro is having a remembrance at Deltona Memorial on 2 Oct 2011 at 10:00am.  Everyone who can come please come out just to support the family.   Being there at these helps.
 
Any other families in the area that are having similar Services please inform me and I'll get the word out.  We have SGT Rogers, SGT Quin's and MSG Brown and they are all from here,  Please let me know if I can help in any way.  We have a 4 Chaplains remembrance with The Killed in Action of today where we remember 9 KIA's in February 2012. Please keep that in mind.
 
Soldiers never Die unless they are Forgotten.
WE DON'T FORGET                     
 
John Murphy
386-789-0400
US Army Bugler
jremy@cfl.rr.com
By JDay on 9/22/2011 2:46 AM
Mr. Day,   I write to you with a request from U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre.   Congressman Mike McIntyre recently introduced the attached bill, which creates a medal to honor veterans that have made outstanding contributions to their communities beyond their time of military service.  Currently, no national medal exists to recognize exemplary veterans who have significantly impacted their communities by giving of themselves after their time of service has ended.   Congressman McIntyre was motivated to craft this legislation after seeking recognition for Mr. Erwin “Bud” Sweetman of Sunset Beach, NC, who enlisted as a field soldier in the U.S. Army at 19 years old, deployed to Europe during World War II, and stormed the beaches of Normandy on August 3, 1944.  On this day, a machine gun wound forced him to receive blood transfusions at a field hospital—transfusions that ended up saving his life.  Since that day, Mr. Sweetman has dedicated his life to a number of civilian causes, but most notably, to the American...
By JDay on 9/15/2011 5:04 PM
As many of you know, several different organizations around the country have a display that shows the rifle with barrel down into the earth or a holder. Along with the rifle are boots and on top, a helmet. The scene depicts a battlefield memorial for a fallen solider and sometimes you see dog tags hanging from the rifle.

Tom Day had the gear and his neighbor, O.B. Mann, had the ability to make the base.  Together they worked and made it so the rifle would stand and the boots attached. 

Added and will be added are the cap emblems of four service branches, BAA coins, a badge from the Tomb of the Unknowns, The Gold Star Mothers and Dad's pin Tom designed (which is now used around the country), the BAA bugle pin, a white folded flag and a miniature folded flag in wooden case. 

This is a photo of the new display which will be used for various funerals and events in the Chicago area that need the extra touch as well as for the many speaking programs Tom is invited to speak and sound Taps for.

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By JDay on 9/12/2011 4:25 PM
BAA Bugler, Gerry Schuck, was featured in a Star Exponent article on Sept 12th playing Taps at Wine Street Memorial Park. You can read it and see pictures by clicking Star Exponent above or here is just the text.  At the bottom is a PDF file with information about some special people that lost their lives 10 years ago. “Taps” sounded solemnly from Gerry Schuck’s bugle Sunday morning from Wine Street Memorial Park at 8:46 a.m. sharp.

Dressed in a dark blue blazer — decorated with an American flag, his father’s Pearl Harbor pin, a Bugles Across America patch, and a miniature bugle on his lapel — Schuck paid tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks by playing the emotional song four times on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day when nearly 3,000 people died on American soil in New York, at the Pentagon in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Schuck first played “Taps” at the park to honor the victims...
By JDay on 9/12/2011 2:35 AM
Note from Tom Day and the original Thank You letter. On Friday morning I got a call from a church in La Grange, Illinois. They had a Scout bugler but he was in the HS band and could not play at Friday Nights memorial for one of the men of the church. Could i come over and sound Taps? And , could i be in a Scout uniform? AHHHHH, I said yes with the hopes the uniform I put together five years ago for the Anaheim Kingsmen might fit.  So when i got home from sounding Taps for Divine Infant in Westchester. I got the explorer uniform out. YEAAAAAA it fit. I looked like an old Madison Scout. I went to the packed church and at the end of the service I stood up and filled the Church with Taps. As usual I packed up and Julie and I were out the door. We left Church with that feeling that we did a great job. The Man they buried brought Scouts back into the Church program. God Bless America, and All of BAA. Tom Day Original Letter to Tom From: CP To: Tom Day Sent: Fri, September 9, 2011 10:58:25 PM...
By JDay on 9/7/2011 1:54 AM
Fantastic article from the Greece Post on September 4th, 2011 about the DCA event BAA buglers in NY participated in.  Check out the link for pictures! http://www.greecepost.com/feature/x549437808/Bugles-Across-America-pays-tribute-to-vets-at-DCA-finals Rochester, N.Y. —

As Tom Allen told the audiences at Sahlen Stadium today at the Drum Corps Associates Alumni Spectacular, only 20 percent of military funerals include a live performance of Taps to honor military veterans.

Though it's protocol to have the ceremonial piece played, a recording is more often that not what's used.

"We are the drum corps' future and together we can go forward and do something about that particular issue," Allen said to the crowd.

Then, upon direction, hundreds of drummers and bugle players launched into playing a "Service Themes Medley," comprising the themes of the military branches, an echo performance of Taps, and a resounding arrangement of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

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By JDay on 8/30/2011 10:41 PM
Thanks Tom,
I know I've been asking for a silver field trumpet for a long time and you really made my day Mr. Day!   I received it last Thursday night and I've been playing it everyday.   I did 4 funerals today and everyone loved it!
I will be starting a bugler school in September, it will be free to boy scouts and students in Jr. High Band.   Wish me luck, if you have any extra bugles Bb or G doesn't matter, I can teach both! Lol.  Take care Mr. Day and God Bless you for all you do.   Let me know when you're coming to Austin, I would love to meet you.

Ray Gutierrez- U.S. Army Veteran/ Bugler

*** Tom Day will be in Austin with the Elks in late June early July 2012. ***
By JDay on 8/26/2011 11:25 PM
Another Thank You letter praising yet another BAA bugler.  Thank you Wendell Montney for a job very well done!

Tom, the bugler you and/or Hartmut Hauser got for Shep's funeral was so crystal clear it truthfully sent shivers down my spine. The TAPS was superb, every note so clear they seemed to hang in the air. Thank you from this old paratrooper for the send off of one of my battle brothers.
Jim Baskin
By JDay on 8/24/2011 12:54 AM
Bob O'Neal, Lt. Col. US Army (Ret.), shared with us a great article that had been published in the Fort Lewis "Ranger" Newspaper.  If it's too small to read, i've added it as an attachment as well.



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By JDay on 8/18/2011 3:31 PM
Thanks to all of you who took the time to play Taps this last Friday evening to honor those in this tragedy.  I had a terrific response to the email and estimate that close to 100 of you participated in this.  A special thank you to our own Tommy South & Russell Wilson who played "Echo Taps" at the Virginia War Memorial here in Richmond.  See the website link below of the local CBS affiliate coverage for this event.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUZQIQpQuSM&feature=youtu.be
 
Yours in Service,

John Blair
Virginia State Director
Bugles Across America
(540)538-0851
By JDay on 8/18/2011 3:28 PM
A call to all Bugles Across America Buglers.

September 11th, 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the attacks upon the United States by terrorist forces that destroyed the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the crash of an airliner into the now sacred ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Last year was the first commemoration of those attacks upon the people of the United States by many of the volunteer buglers of Bugles Across America.

This commemoration was not an official function of Bugles Across America, but it could not have occurred with the participation of the membership and without Tom Day’s help in passing the word.

This year with more time to organize, it seems that the response is not what I had hoped for.  I appeal to the membership to read the letter below and consider participating in the “September 11th Memorial Taps event.”

September 11, 2001 Memorial Taps

To all members of Bugles Across America,

During...
By JDay on 8/18/2011 3:13 PM
I just wanted to say that I used your organization to find a bugler for the memorial service honoring a relative who was a Pearl Harbor survivor, WWII vet, and 25-year Navy veteran.
The gentleman who responded to my request was David Shuma from VA. David was communicative in advance of the service, arrived early, played TAPS and then honored the family by joining us for a while at the post-service reception. One of my relatives commented that he "felt like family."  
David's representation of your organization is noteworthy and we sincerely appreciate his willingness to help us honor a special person who gave so much to his country.
My compliments to Buglers Across America for providing this generous service.
Sincerely,
Sandy Wadsworth
By JDay on 8/17/2011 1:33 AM
Our local newspaper here in Rushford, MN, did a little article on me and BAA.  Thought I would share it.  The writer is a young intern but didn’t do too bad, I guess.  Just a few issues. Derek Berg http://www.rushford.net/main.asp?SectionID=5&SubSectionID=5&ArticleID=8192 ******************* For some people playing an instrument in front of an audience is unthinkable, but for Derek Berg it is a regular occurrence, and he is honored to do so.

Berg has been playing the trumpet for the Rushford American Legion since 1977 and has played at over 100 events. "I didn't serve in the Military so I try and serve those who did."

Berg has found an old bugle used by a relative in 1917 and is hoping to restore it. Ideally he would love to use it for taps but it is just a matter of fixing it up.

Berg adds, "I was at a military honors funeral in Winona and they had a tape recorder that played taps. The honor and dignity was not there" seeing and hearing this Berg joined the Buglers Across America (BAA) so he could provide the genuine article. He has now been participating in BAA events for two years.

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By JDay on 8/17/2011 1:14 AM
BAA Bugler, Rich Yndestad, was honored recently in an article in The Naperville Sun, a local newspaper,  about Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/6474915-417/honor-guard-gives-veterans-a-fitting-farewell-at-lincoln-cemetery.html Rich Yndestad of Naperville drives an hour from his home down to Elwood every week to help honor soldiers who have given so much for our country. He considers it a small price to pay for all that members of the Armed Forces do for Americans.

Yndestad travels to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. It is a peaceful place — 982 acres of field and forest that contains about 26,600 graves of American military veterans and their loved ones.

For veterans like Yndestad, it is hallowed ground.

A fitting salute

On a recent Friday morning, the only sound throughout most of the cemetery was that of birds chirping in the trees.

Until three rounds of gunshots rang out, as seven M1 rifles delivered a final tribute to the nation’s warriors.

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By JDay on 8/16/2011 4:00 PM
Last Memorial Day I attended the annual Memorial Day service in our town which is held at our local cemetery under a pavilion.  A year ago a friend of mine, fellow bugler, member of BAA and our local VVA chapter in which serve as buglers in the Honor Guard, sounded Echo Taps for that service. This year we waited for their call but there was none.  I attended and had my bugle in the car just in case.  I wasn’t asked and was curious to see what was going to happen.  At the appointed time, someone pushed a button and Taps came out of a boom box.  I was amazed, disappointed, and ashamed.  And by the way, after the service, two people came up to me and asked me if I played that.  In disbelief I assured them that it was electric.  Anyway, my point is that Kevin Hussey and I must be on the same wave length because I left that service, drove home, put my uniform on, returned to the cemetery and proceeded to sound Taps 5 times in different locations throughout that cemetery.  It was what I could do to remedy the indignity...
By JDay on 8/16/2011 2:24 PM
From the Philly.com article http://articles.philly.com/2011-08-15/news/29889420_1_wwii-veterans-monuments-men-veterans-affairs . . . Clayton P. Graybill, Joseph Guizio Jr., Bernard V. Fite . . .  Their names are forever etched into the base of the Angel of the Resurrection at 30th Street Station, a memorial honoring more than 1,300 employees of the Pennsylvania Railroad who died in World War II.

WWII veterans - the country's "Greatest Generation" - were honored Sunday at a ceremony in front of the towering sculpture by Walker K. Hancock, also a veteran.

The observance was one of hundreds across the country, with Philadelphia hosting the official opening ceremony. A two-day tribute was held over the weekend on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden.

Last year, Congress declared the second Sunday of every August the National Spirit of '45 Day. This year it coincided with Aug. 14, 1945, when President Harry S. Truman announced the end of the war.

Warren Logan...
By JDay on 8/15/2011 1:07 AM
Tom Day has run into this question recently and thought it might be time to share this information with you again should find yourself needing it.

Thanks.

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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. www.buglesacrossamerica.org  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...
By JDay on 8/14/2011 4:45 PM
Our Michigan State Director, Forest Malott, thought you might find this interesting.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7367662n


By JDay on 8/14/2011 3:43 PM
September 11, 2001 Memorial Taps

To all members of Bugles Across America,

During our first “September 11th Memorial Taps” last year, we had over 200 participants and we consider that a great success considering that we only contacted buglers about 10 days prior to September 11, 2010.  Once again I thank all those participants along with the fire and police departments that joined some of our buglers.

The 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 is coming fast upon us and I invite all buglers to participate in playing Taps at the exact times of each of the four attacks on the United States and its citizens on that fateful day.

This year on the second “September 11th Memorial Taps” our goal is to have at least 1,000 buglers participate.  We have a little more time to plan for this year’s event.

I strongly believe that there is a need to remind the American public of this “Second Day of Infamy” in a meaningful and emotional way.  What can be more meaningful and emotional than hearing...
By JDay on 8/12/2011 2:34 AM
For the second year in a row the Marcy Night Express Band entertained the clients and families of Helping Hand Center, in Countryside, Illinois. It was great big band music and ice cream for two full hours. Holding the banner on the left is Julie Day with friend Neon. Great fun was had by all.
Tom Day
By LarryWiseman on 8/10/2011 4:16 PM
L-R Bugler, Randy Rawlings, Asst. Dir. Jim Houston& LarryWiseman founding members at the 2010 Spirit of 45 Event Visit the Website www.spiritof45.org Georgia Assistant Director, Jim Houston has done a remarkable job of organizing the Spirit of 45 event, to commemorate the end of WWII. It will held on Sunday, August 14th, at the Veterans Wall of Honor, in McDonough, Georgia, 130 Lake Dow Road, in Heritage Park. Many thanks go to the Henry County Parks and Recreation for their support in setting up for the event. County Commissioner Mrs. BJ Mathis will be in attendance. The Griffin Civil Air Patrol Color Guard will present and retire the colors, and the Bethany Baptist Church Celebration Choir and Orchestra, will have special Armed Forces music. There will be WWII Veterans as guest speakers, and two wreath laying ceremonies to honor the fallen. At the end of the program, buglers from BAA will perform Taps Chorale, an echo Taps arrangement, written by National Coordinator, Larry Wiseman. The public is invited.  See the link below to view the flyer....
By JDay on 8/10/2011 10:50 AM
I have an idea I’d like to share with you. Last year I lost a friend to cancer. Sgt Bob Simonsen was a Marine who served in Vietnam. I never met Bob but found him on a Marine Corp web site a few years ago when I was trying to find information on an old high school buddy who was KIA in Vietnam. He served with Bob and we became friends. Bob is an author and wrote a book   ‘’Every Marine’’ which told the story of the battle which my buddy and a lot of Marines fought in. Bob died last year of cancer and was a true Marine to the end. He lived in Riverside, California and I couldn’t attend the funeral. I thought of a way to Honor him in my own way. I went to the local papers and got the information on his funeral –time and date. I figured out when they would be playing TAPS. I went to a local cemetery in my town of Londonderry and sounded Taps to coincide with the playing in California.

  A few weeks ago we lost another Marine –Micheal Geary from Derry. I wanted to do for him what I had done for Sgt Simonsen....
By JDay on 8/10/2011 10:43 AM
Tom,
Thank you for all you did yesterday.  The time got away from me, but I wanted to let you know how much we all appreciated what you did for Cpl. Fardy's rededication ceremony.  We honored a great American yesterday, and your participation was truly appreciated.  The 21 gun salute and your playing of TAPS was truly beautiful.  You made the day special. 
Thanks again. 
Jim Furlong
By JDay on 8/3/2011 9:16 PM
Dear Veterans and Supporters,   There is a FREE Concert, Benefit & Resource Fair for 10,000 veterans and family at Soldier Field Aug 23rd from 11:30am - 9pm with the VA, SAVE Foundation and World Sport Chicago.   Please visit www.IllinoisWarriorSummit.com for more information to volunteer or participate.   We will have:   *FREE 6,000 Sport event tickets to veterans (2 each)- Chicago Slaughter Games, Sox Games, Cubs Games  (Must claim tickets day of event on Aug 23rd from 11:30am-9pm Soldier Field) *FREE FOOD, REFRESHMENTS and PARKING for 5,000 attendees *FREE T-Shirts for the first 2000 veterans (1 per veteran) *FREE Raffles and giveaways for veterans ALL day- Vacations, 50” TV's, Bicycles, Gift Certificates *FREE to student veterans (100) $100 book scholarships *FREE Valor Game Midwest competitions for 150 injured veterans www.ValorGamesMidwest.org   (Please Follow Valor Games Link to Register and Compete for FREE) *FREE KID’S ENTERTAINMENT...
By JDay on 7/29/2011 2:06 PM
Hello all, We just received some great news today concerning The 2011 Concert At The Park at The Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park.   We have confirmed that we have two very special M.C.s this year….   -  Bob Hope of the USO, the nephew of THE great Bob Hope will be joining us! We will also have 100 collectable sets of 33LP Records of the great Bob Hope USO shows. These LPs contain recordings and photos of the Who’s Who of entertainment…..Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Judie Garland and 100s more… -  Tom Sweeney of the Fisher House – Greater Cleveland. Tom Sweeney is the Taskforce Chairman for Greater Cleveland. He is also a retired WKYC weekend Anchor. Mr. Sweeney is in charge of the project to build a Fisher House in Cleveland for the families of veterans being treated at the Louise Stokes Veterans Hospital . This is a great organization and they need your support. The Fisher House provides lodging and support to the families of our heroes! Donations can be made on the day of the concert or at any...
By JDay on 7/29/2011 2:01 PM
Once in the last year they were about to dispose of Bugling all together and for now they are keeping it.

- Tom

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Gentlemen:

As a long time member of the BSA, as well as a bugler, I would like to see Bugles Across America NFP added to the list of Websites and Organizations in the Resources section of the Music and Bugling merit badge book.

In 1999, when the Department of Defense issued a directive listing guidelines for honoring members of the military services, one of the points emphasized the performance of Taps by a live bugler, either military or civilian. As a result, Bugles Across America NFP, a volunteer non-profit organization was founded by former marine Thomas Day in 2001.  The only requirement is that the bugler (who can be of any age, race, creed, nationality or physical appearance) be able to “ . . . play the 24 notes of Taps with an ease and style that will do honor to the Veterans, their families, and the burial detail performing the service.”

Including...
By JDay on 7/23/2011 6:25 PM
To all American Buglers,

This is an open letter to all members of Bugles Across America.  The 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 is coming fast upon us and I invite all buglers to participate in playing Taps at the exact time of each of the four attacks on the United States and its citizens on that fateful day.

During our first “September 11th Memorial Taps” last year, we had over 200 participants and I consider that a great success considering that I only contacted buglers about 10 days prior to September 11th.  Once again I thank all those participants along with the fire and police departments that joined some of our buglers.

This year on the second “September 11th Memorial Taps” our goal is to have at least 1,000 buglers participate.  We have a little more time to plan for this years “September 11th Memorial Taps.”

I strongly believe that there is a need to remind the American public of this “Second Day of Infamy” in a meaningful and emotional way.  What can be more meaningful...
By JDay on 7/23/2011 6:13 PM
Perhaps some of you Ohio buglers may be participating in this already, but for those of you who aren't, this sounds like a great event!  There is more info below to download if you're interested! *********************** First, I would like to thank you for your support at The Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park. Without your collective support, we could not have achieved what we have done so far.   As many of you already know, we will be having an event on August 14, 2011 at The Park. I have attached four of our flyers concerning the event. Below is a summary of the days events…   Sunday, August 14, 2011 the Ohio Veterans’ Memorial Park is proud to announce a Concert in the Park.  The event is being held to help raise awareness of the park and honor the men and women that have sacrificed so much to ensure that the rest of us enjoy the freedoms most of us take for granted.   The day’s activities include: ·         A 5K run to the wall which is part of the Subway Challenge Series.  Registration will begin at...
By JDay on 7/13/2011 4:17 PM
Bugles Across America and Jostens have created an official BAA ring that is available for order.  About the rings is on the first photo.  The pricing and photos of the BAA design is on the second page. Downloadable links below!



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By JDay on 7/12/2011 3:20 PM
In years past I have had the honor to help coordinate these services  Last year we had the honor of using University High School Band Buglers as well as Deltona High school band.   The 2 band directors and I will have to know if you wish to have 2 buglers go to the post for your opening service?   Also orange City Fire Department would like you to come out and cover the Orange City Program involving them the police Department and the City I suspect.   It will be only one firing after you finish at the post.  Debary has the Army coming in this year for their rifle team.  So you only have to cover Orange City this year if you can?   I am getting a jump on this because as of right now I have 53 requests for bugler support alone.  Also I need at least a month to get this out to the press.  If it is OK with Orange City and you.   I will forward this to Orange City Fire Department and the city also.  Please see what you can do. I know you are busy also. I am also forwarding this to LTC Moore-Loban JROTC at Deltona High School for a color Guard if she wishes to help?  ...
By JDay on 7/10/2011 2:29 AM
Hello Friends of Veterans and Organizations:     We are having several Veteran events in DeKalb County the last week of July. Please help us get the word out and all Veterans and Veteran Support Groups are welcome to any event. Thur. July 28      US Navy Show Band in concert with a USO Tribute type show         7 PM           Honoring DeKalb County Veterans and a Salute to ALL Service members                             Hopkins Park Band Shell - DeKalb, IL Fri. July 29     Kishwaukee Fest Parade honoring "Wounded Veteran Organizations"         7 PM       www.KishwaukeeFest.com                        Lincoln Highway (ILL 38) Downtown - DeKalb, IL                        NOTE: We will honor any special Veteran or organization - call for details                        Special Request: Still seeking a Honorary Parade Marshal (veteran) Sat. July 30     Veteran Fest 2011 honoring "Honoring Viet Nam & WWII Vets"       11 AM       Concerts and Food - on Face Book -Veteran Fest 2011                        ...