The time has come to pass in my locale whereas I no longer offer to sound live TAPS at funerals for first responders, honorably discharged or retired service personnel or at Memorials. The county Veteran's Affairs Office, Veteran's organizations, Sheriff's Office, Fire and Rescue Departments and communities have accepted the recorded DOD ceremonial bugle and thus denied me and a very few others the opportunity to provide such honors. Personally I haven't charged, although lately I've accepted honorariums.
Although I am still able to sound the 24 notes of TAPS within a reasonable 25 mile radius of Jackson NC, with my age and deteriorating heath the time is fast approaching when I will not be able to, or to continue playing any other brass instrument. My NOTICE has been posted on many local public bulletin boards and letters have been sent to he churches, funeral homes, and other organizations.
This saddens me, but such is reality!