Bugles Across America

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Thank you for understanding Bugles Across America, NFP was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating Veterans had a right to at least 2 uniformed military people to fold the flag and play taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America was begun to take this a step further, and in recognition of the service these Veterans provided their country, we felt that every Veteran deserved a live rendition of taps played by a live Bugler. To this end, we are actively seeking volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families.

Thank you for understanding Bugles Across America, NFP was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating Veterans had a right to at least 2 uniformed military people to fold the flag and play taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America was begun to take this a step further, and in recognition of the service these Veterans provided their country, we felt that every Veteran deserved a live rendition of taps played by a live Bugler. To this end, we are actively seeking volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families.

Mission: Our mission is to provide free Live Taps to Honor the Fallen

Operating as usual

01/10/2021

Bugles Across America endeavors to rise above politics in support of its mission, remembering those who have supported the United States regardless of their own differences. At no time has BAA taken a political stance beyond the advocacy of honoring the time and service of our fallen veterans.

My name is Jennifer Day and I've been a volunteer administrator for BAA for 10 years. On my personal page, on January 6th, 2021, I expressed my reaction to incidents in the news. I was angry that our Nation’s Capital was being torn apart with such disregard. Some individuals who followed both my personal page and the BAA page were offended by my personal opinions and I'm deeply sorry and apologize for hurting anyone. I was angry. I never once mentioned BAA in that post and I did not feel that my personal page was to reflect anything with BAA. Those comments do not represent the official posture or policy of this great volunteer organization.

I am sorry.
Jen Day

I'm happy to introduce our new State Director for New Hampshire!  Eric Schindler !***   ***   ***My bugling career start...
01/01/2021

I'm happy to introduce our new State Director for New Hampshire! Eric Schindler !
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My bugling career started as a clarinetist when I was about 8. I found I didn’t enjoy the clarinet and was given my cousin’s old, beat up cornet. At 9 yrs old, lessons began, but I didn’t practice much. It wasn’t until I was 12 and joined the school band that my trumpeting improved.

Joining the Boy Scouts presented the use of the bugle in the field. The bugling merit badge became a goal. I acquired a used “Official Boy Scout Bugle” and learned all the calls in the merit badge book. Bugle calls were regularly sounded at camps for all events. Yes, the merit badge was earned.

My next unique bugling opportunity was at Quantico, Virginia, as I entered Marine Officer Candidate School. The drill instructors yelled for everyone who played an instrument to come to the center of the hall. We all ran at full speed. The first guy interviewed said he played violin. The drilled instructors yelled at him and had him start doing push-ups. Great intro. I was next. They handed me a bugle and I could play every call they asked for. I became the bugler for my Marine training company. Reveille, Assembly, Taps every day. To the Color was played at the Training Center headquarters for flag raising, Retreat to lower it.

Then my children were born. My family didn’t appreciate mornings as I did. So, the kids often heard reveille when it was time to get up. Noisy? Yes. But the kids knew it was time to get up.

Years later, I had started bugling with the Honor Guard of my American Legion post. Admittedly, I put a guy out of work who had been ‘playing’ the electric ceremonial bugle. Rendering live Taps on our team is one of the more meaningful events in my life.

When I heard of BAA, I applied and auditioned. Each mission is unique in terms of venue and yet the same due to the emotions we see on the faces when we sound the notes. This is such a grand opportunity.
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#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #NewHampshire #Leadership

Also new to BAA leadership is Chet Ruminski - Pennsylvania Assistant State Director!  Thank you for stepping up!***   **...
12/28/2020

Also new to BAA leadership is Chet Ruminski - Pennsylvania Assistant State Director! Thank you for stepping up!
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"I was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania where I started my trumpet experience in elementary school after watching the likes of Louis Armstrong and Herb Alpert on the Ed Sullivan show. After a tour of sea duty in the US Navy, I reacquainted with my Cleveland-King, which I still have. Now living in Southeast Pennsylvania, I have played for a few years with a community concert band and a couple of church groups. I learned of Bugles Across America at a trumpet workshop in Lubec, Maine, and from Tom Day’s Fox News interview.

After retiring from an IT career two years ago, I auditioned with BAA and currently have over eighty missions under my belt. The feeling that it brings to the families, and me, is very moving, especially when I see from a distance people wiping their eyes. When I’m not trying to improve my horn playing, my wife Bonnie and I are enjoying our daughters and their families. My one daughter lives near Arlington National Cemetery, very often I have visited there to listen to the subtle differences of Taps being rendered. I also like to dabble in videography. I’m proud to be a member of BAA and look forward to my new role. "
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#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #Leadership #pennsylvania

He may be a new State Director.. but definitely not a new member.  Lets welcome Gene Vanden Bosch as Wisconsin's new Sta...
12/28/2020

He may be a new State Director.. but definitely not a new member. Lets welcome Gene Vanden Bosch as Wisconsin's new State Director!
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"I’ve been a member of BAA since 2003, but my playing of bugle calls started in 5th grade. I started playing the trumpet in 4th grade while living in Franklin Park, Illinois. Early in the summer prior to 6th grade, my father accepted a job as a custodian at an American Legion post in Skokie, Illinois. The job included an apartment that I lived in with my parents. The apartment was small, so my mother would send me into the connecting office to practice, which happened to be the post commander’s office. He walked in one day, saw me sitting at his desk practicing. I was handed some bugle calls to learn, found a uniform for me to wear, which I’m sure wasn’t easy since there weren’t many vets my size, and told me that I just became the post bugler. This is where my life in drum and bugle corps started. The post was Skokie Post #320, the home of the National Champion “Skokie Indians.” Since I was “slightly” too young to join the Indians, I was sent to the next town, Morton Grove, where I became a member of the “Cougars.” In 1964, I talked my parents into letting me join the Chicago Royal Airs, where I met one of the most influential people in my life, Truman Crawford. My marching in junior corps ended in 1968 when the Royal Airs disbanded. I would go on to teach several corps in the northern Illinois area. I caught the teaching bug from Truman, completing two degrees in music education and teaching Middle School and High School band for the next 35 years.

As a BAA member, I’ve had the opportunity to play at Pearl Harbor, on the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. I’ve also rendered Taps at Arlington Cemetery for “Taps 150”, the Chicago Memorial Day ceremony, and the Gold Star Mothers functions in Chicago.

In September 2019, my wife and I relocated to Oregon, Wisconsin, to be closer to family.

I am very honored to become the Wisconsin State Director for BAA and will continue to do whatever I can to honor veterans throughout the state.
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#wisconsin #BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #Leadership

We remember.  . #pearlharbor #neverforget #Taps #respect #honor
12/08/2020

We remember.
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#pearlharbor #neverforget #Taps #respect #honor

Hey there!  This isn't BAA related, but I just though I'd share something fun today that one of our Virginia members, Da...
12/05/2020
The Silver Tones Swing Band Salutes Our Veterans!

Hey there! This isn't BAA related, but I just though I'd share something fun today that one of our Virginia members, Dave Shuma, did over Veterans Day. The band that he's in, the Silver Tones Swing Band, performed a special performance of favorite Big Band tunes, and aired interviews with Veterans spaced throughout our music segments. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/La9iG7hF4fM
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#bigbandmusic #swingmusic #silvertonesswingband #veterans #VeteransDay

On Veterans Day 2020, the Silver Tones Swing Band, based in Warrenton, Virginia, is broadcasting a special performance in recognition of our military veteran...

Thank you, Veterans!
11/11/2020

Thank you, Veterans!

We ARE aware that out website is down. We are working with IT to get it restored ASAP.  Thank you for your patience.
11/08/2020

We ARE aware that out website is down. We are working with IT to get it restored ASAP. Thank you for your patience.

BAA member, Julie Levine, has been authorized to custom print and offer the BAA logo on a 2-layer polyester mask. The lo...
11/07/2020

BAA member, Julie Levine, has been authorized to custom print and offer the BAA logo on a 2-layer polyester mask. The logo is small and understated, offering a classy mask to wear while serving our veterans, and is permanently dyed to the material. These masks are non-medical grade but are washable and reusable.

Masks are now available in 3 sizes!

Masks are $10 each (+ $2 shipping)
$1 from each mask sale gets donated back to BAA. 

Order 10 masks, get 1 free.
Orders will be shipped the day after ordered.

Order and payment information is on her website!
http://www.munchkinenterprises.com/custom-face-masks/?fbclid=IwAR3AlZ6zk6LSE3I99DTykJnocRfamE8fI_fJsI39KW10cidTmbHAEP6DHzs

Good Afternoon BAA & Supporters!The Bugler's Post #55 is here and available for download!  Check it out!https://www.bugl...
11/01/2020

Good Afternoon BAA & Supporters!
The Bugler's Post #55 is here and available for download! Check it out!
https://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/Portals/0/BP_Issues/BP55.pdf
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#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #Stories

10/26/2020
FOX 47 News - WSYM

Well done State Director, Carol McCutcheon! Thank you for all you do with BAA and our veterans.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1291415521198248&ref=watch_permalink

#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud

Each day there are between 1500 and 2000 Military Funeral Honors. The US Military has approximately 500 active duty live buglers. Leaving the majority of Honors rendered using an electronic bugle. Michigan has 200 buglers who volunteer their time and talents to sound live Taps, free of charge. Today we are speaking to Carol McCutcheon, State Director of Bugles Across America to learn more about this.

09/11/2020

Please welcome our new Maryland Assistant State Director, Connor Wright!************Connor was born and raised in Maryla...
07/30/2020

Please welcome our new Maryland Assistant State Director, Connor Wright!
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Connor was born and raised in Maryland and has been playing trumpet since the third grade. Since then, music has always been incorporated into his life. He was a member of his high school’s concert band and jazz ensemble, took part in his college’s jazz and chamber ensembles, even during his year in grad school, and has participated in two community orchestras.

Connor’s discovery of BAA was sheer luck. He just so happened to be walking into the kitchen while the television was playing Tom Day’s appearance on Fox News over the Memorial Day weekend. Being a supporter of the military and seeing how it would be a great way to put his musical talents to good use, he jumped at the opportunity and became an official member in June 2018. Since then, Connor has completed 22 missions and has always enjoyed representing the organization in and outside of missions.

Connor has enthusiastically accepted the promotion to Assistant State Director for Maryland and is looking forward to helping out the organization from his new position.

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#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #Leadership #Maryland

Hey everyone!  The new newsletter is now available... the web system is being cranky about emailing it to you.. so if yo...
07/01/2020

Hey everyone! The new newsletter is now available... the web system is being cranky about emailing it to you.. so if you're seeing this.. YAY! Here's the link for the download!
https://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/Portals/0/BP_Issues/BP53b.pdf
Enjoy!
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#BAA #Taps #Stories #Volunteers #ThankYou #BuglesAcrossAmerica #FromTheHeart #Veterans

Face Masks!  Wear because you care!BAA member, Julie Levine, has been authorized to custom print and offer the BAA logo ...
06/30/2020

Face Masks! Wear because you care!
BAA member, Julie Levine, has been authorized to custom print and offer the BAA logo on a 2-layer polyester mask. The logo is small and understated, offering a classy mask to wear while serving our veterans, and is permanently dyed to the material. These masks are non-medical grade but are washable and reusable.

Masks are $10 each (+ $2 shipping)
$1 from each mask sale gets donated back to BAA.
Order 10 masks, get 1 free.
Orders will be shipped the day after ordered.

Venmo, Zelle, Check, and Paypal accepted.
To order, email Julie at [email protected]

Please use her EMAIL to order these special order masks, but to check out her web site... http://www.munchkinenterprises.com/custom-face-masks

THERE WILL BE NO DEBATE ON MASK WEARING ON THIS POST. POST DOING SO WILL BE REMOVED.
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#BAA #CoronaVirus #SafeAtHome #Masks #WearBecauseYouCare #Taps

Let's give a big welcome to BAA's newest State Director for Maryland, Tom Sneeringer!!****** Tom grew up in Gettysburg a...
06/30/2020

Let's give a big welcome to BAA's newest State Director for Maryland, Tom Sneeringer!!
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Tom grew up in Gettysburg and started playing trumpet in grade school. People ask him, “why the trumpet?” Tom thinks it was because it was the loudest, and he wanted to drown out his brother’s French horn wanderings. He played in everything available through high school – marching band, concert band, “brass choir,” dance band. He regrets that he was never able to join the local drum and bugle corps because they always played in the same parades as his high school band. Relevant to today, he also had the honor of sounding Taps in local patriotic ceremonies, including Gettysburg National Cemetery, a feeling he never forgot. Other than leading the ROTC band while attending Georgetown University and some intermittent church work, Tom then did not pay much attention to the trumpet for a good 50 years.

In 2011, while attending his WWII-veteran Dad’s burial service, he had his back to the honor guard. When the bugler started Taps, Tom thought to himself, “Wow! This guy is good.” But a few bars later, that changed to “Hmmm. This guy is too good.” He turned around, saw the recording device for the first time, and thought, “That ain’t right.” He decided then to do something about it when he retired from representing the American Steel industry in Washington, DC. He started “remedial” lessons a few years later, retired fully in 2018, and immediately joined BAA. He also joined the New Horizons Band of Northern Virginia and has taken a seat in the back row of the Benfield Brass Band of Severna Park, MD.

Although Tom lives in Washington, a majority of his missions have been in Maryland, and he has answered the call for a new director there.
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#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #Leadership #Leaders #Maryland #SteppingUp

Yes, there is an article out there right now featuring a person holding a digital bugle claiming to be part of BAA.  He ...
06/23/2020

Yes, there is an article out there right now featuring a person holding a digital bugle claiming to be part of BAA. He is NOT a member of BAA. I am contacting the news organization now regarding it.

Thank you California BAA bugler, Ron Acquistapace!  :)#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Ho...
06/10/2020
Green Valley man taps into need to honor veterans

Thank you California BAA bugler, Ron Acquistapace! :)

#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #California

FAIRFIELD — Ron Acquistapace dresses up in his suit and tie, an American flag pin in his lapel, and puts on his white gloves. Sometimes he travels an hour or more for what amounts to a minute or so of work. But it is not exactly work for the 81-year-old retired businessman from Richmond, who, alon...

We remember your bravery and sacrifice. .#DDay #Veterans #Thankyou #WeRemember #Normandy #WorldWarII
06/06/2020

We remember your bravery and sacrifice.
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#DDay #Veterans #Thankyou #WeRemember #Normandy #WorldWarII

This was sent to me by BAA Ohio bugler, Brian Jonson.  Thank you Brian for your dedication to our veterans!*********"I w...
06/02/2020

This was sent to me by BAA Ohio bugler, Brian Jonson. Thank you Brian for your dedication to our veterans!
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"I work for Verizon and they wanted to feature my volunteer work with BAA. I thought this was a great opportunity to get the message out. This story went to all 110,000 employees and is also on Verizon’s public website"
https://www.verizon.com/about/news/my-cause-giving-military-vets-one-last-salute
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#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #Ohio

Fantastic article featuring BAA New Jersey bugler, Greg Murphy!.#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volu...
06/01/2020
Sound of Honor: NJ buglers won't silence taps during pandemic

Fantastic article featuring BAA New Jersey bugler, Greg Murphy!
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#BAA #BuglesAcrossAmerica #America #Taps #Veterans #Volunteers #Honor #Respect #RealBreathRealTaps #ForTheRightReason #ThankYou #BAAProud #NewJersey

With military burial ceremonies prohibited to limit large gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic, lone buglers keep showing up to respect veterans.

05/30/2020
Bugler Plays For Veterans. How to Play Taps. Memorial Day Tribute.

Thank you Tracy Hepner for all you do! Thank you Gary Metivier for bringing it to my attention!
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#Taps #Honor #Funeral #Veterans #BuglesAcrossAmerica #BAA #America #FromTheHeart #ForTheRightReason #Army #AirForce #Navy #Marines #CoastGuard

In this The Heart of the Story with Gary Metivier we introduce you to Tracy Hepner, a volunteer bugler. Inspired to perform for others, she found her calling...

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1824 Cuyler Ave
Berwyn, IL
60402-2052

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Yes, we accept all donations of cash and horns and useable uniforms. You may donate via our website or you may send your contribution to the address below. Bugles Across America NFP c/o Tom Day, Founder 1824 S. Cuyler Ave. Berwyn, Illinois 60402-2052 Phone 708-484-9029 Fax 708-484-9896 Federal FEIN 81-0550869 501[c]3 filed by the CPA firm P. Horner, Alaska. Gene Horner is our player and State director there. Our State number is 6217-567-2 Thanks to those who have already donated. Tom #Taps #Veteran #Honor #LiveTaps #Free #Respect #Funeral #Volunteer

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T minus 30 minutes before a graveside service: Time to select an acoustically pleasing spot with good visibility... and to get mentally prepared for one shot to perfectly execute those 24 solemn notes. No batteries, no mp3, no fake horn - just a Bugler playing a horn with manually controlled air flow and lips. Live Taps 🇺🇸
Taps Honor Mission today at 3pm for CPO Calvin Pickler Crouch, USN Ret., a veteran of wartime service in both WWII and Korea. During WWII, he served aboard the carriers Enterprise, Lexington, Yorktown, and Saratoga with Torpedo Squadron 3. Calvin Crouch saw action in the battles of Coral Sea and Midway. During the Korean Conflict, he served aboard the seaplane tender USS Pine Island. Calvin retired at the rank of Chief Petty Officer after 21 years of service, and continued to serve as a civilian Master Aircraft Mechanic for 16 years at Naval Air Rebuilding Facility (NARF), NAS Jacksonville. Thank you for your service, Chief Crouch. May your soul rest in everlasting peace. Honor and Remember. 🇺🇸
What a great event for veterans. Consider joining our virtual American Legion Post.
Wreaths Across America 2020 at Jacksonville National Cemetery, 12/19/2020. Honoring my father and the more than 13,500 other Veterans interred at JNC. Honor and Remember 🇺🇸
Can someone please P.M. me with a home address for Mel Prezant? I want to send him a "Thank You" card for blowing Taps at our Veterans Day ceremony. Thank you.
Hi! I was hoping some here could share how they get the word of Bugles Across America out to their community? Use a "business card?" or a graphic on social media? I'd love to see your personal ideas!
Bugler, Dave Shuma, or Warrenton, VA, pays tribute to our troops tonight at the end of a special musical performance by the Silver Tones Swing Band. I hope some of our honored veterans can tune in: https://youtu.be/La9iG7hF4fM. Thank you for your service!
Dearest Kent Grist, Behind your bugle are many stories; thank you for sharing your gift with my family on our special day. You are now part of my story! Forever more, the sound of you playing your bugle; the most special song “taps” will resonate in my memory. Sincerely, Teresa Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery November 6, 2020
What a wonderful program. Looking forward to our event in Savannah with one of your 'guys.'
Hello all - Fellow Bugler here and I am coming to you in need of assistance. We have all heard those disconcerting stories of being called to sound Taps to later learn the person the deceased was not entitled to military honors. This is the foundation of my research as a social worker I have seen the sorrow and pain caused by military imposters. I never know who might be impacted so I am reaching out in every outlet possible. I am conducting academic research and want to gain a better understanding so social workers can help those being deceived by a military imposter. This study is the first scholarly research to gain insight into this phenomenon and provide a preliminary understanding of the experiences of those deceived by military imposters. If you are a survivor of a military imposter, or know someone, please consider taking/sharing my survey. This could be a romantic relationship, family or even business relationship. I am on crunch time as the semester is winding down. It only takes a moment to share on your social media. https://ollusa.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2furGGj7bJeB3Y9 You can follow the project on our FB page https://www.facebook.com/Stolen-Valor-Research-Project-106201101163095/
I am a Trombone/Tuba player. I have been practicing on a US Reg bugle and I just got a new Yamaha student trumpet. What mouth piece should I use? Any former Tuba players that have any advice?