Bugler shortage....

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  1. PhatmonB6

    PhatmonB6 Mezzo Piano User

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  2. W Scott

    W Scott Piano User

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    Yes, it is true, especially in the areas where there are national cemetaries. Sign up with BAA and see what happens!
     
  3. PhatmonB6

    PhatmonB6 Mezzo Piano User

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    Hello,

    My fault I should have reworded my question a little better, as far as the tribute with all the brass for the fallen U.S. Military I do believe that.....what I cant believe is the shortage of buglers for Military funerals. :cry:
     
  4. davidjohnson

    davidjohnson Piano User

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    when our local guard unit left for iraq i played the national anthem at a ceremony. one of the sgts. who stayed behind asked if i would do taps if needed. after he took my phone number we both agreed that it would be great if he never called. our guys returned & i was never needed!!
    i had a former student who had married another former student in the group. that one would have really hurt...but i didn't happen!!

    dj
     
  5. kenandtati

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    I am on the base honor guard and we support all of southern california. As far as I know we only have 5 members who can play the horn. Our honor guard team in over 60 people and we can only muster 5 horn players. I have done a few funerals, playing taps and actually being a pallbearer and firing party, and I can't stand listening to that ceremonial bugle. It has no heart and give a fake tone to a real honorable ceremony.
     
  6. murph66

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    I was in the local NG Band for years and have performed taps numerous times. There is a section of a cemetary in Jackson that is owned by the Dutch Government. In it are buried a number of Dutch pilots that trained here in WW11. The American Legion usually has a memorial service at the site every year that is attended by a representative of the Dutch Government. The first time I was asked to play Taps there was the first Taps service in which I participated. As the wreath was laid and I started to play, I suddenly found microphones from each of the local TV stations thrust right in front of my bell and all cameras were right on me. I made it through, but I never had another service that seemed to have quite as much pressure, including one for an exLt Govenor that was also a general in the Air Guard that was killed in a private plane crash.
     
  7. bandman

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    I played for a funeral about a month ago, and then went to play taps at the graveside service. I have been doing this for years for FREE because I was never in the service and I think it is the very least I could do for our fallen servicemen. After the service I was told I could not do this anymore for free by one of our local funeral homes because a couple of the other local musicians are very upset with me for doing this gratis. I asked who and was told that they requested their names not be given to me,

    I'll be able to play again in 11-weeks (following surgery recoup) and I think I'm going to run an advertisement in the paper offering to perform this service for our fallen heroes. My attitude is that as long as I can fit it in my schedule this is an honor for me to be allowed to be part of the service.
     
  8. gzent

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    Its admirable that you are doing this much needed service for free.

    However, may I suggest that by doing so the other buglers, who may depend on the income, are losing 'marketshare', so to speak. I can see their point. If you wish to continue donating your service then how about you accept the payment that others are getting and then privately donate the money to a Veteran's organization of your choice. That way everyone's wishes are respected.

    Just a thought,

    Greg
     
  9. W Scott

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    Greg, you don't get paid for doing funerals! BAA is all volunteer, and the military color guards/buglers get nothing extra for doing the funerals. It's an all volunteer service....
     
  10. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

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    Actually, yes, I do. Most times taps is played at a funeral the player is paid, since most times its American Legion or such. What BAA choses to do is their business. I am saying that volunteering is a wonderful thing as long as you don't negatively affect another person's source of income.

    Greg
     

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