The Muchachos as a Corps, and as individuals, are proud to be able to support special people and worthy causes as they come up. We recognize the power of music, and it's ability to stir emotion and calm the soul. One day, you may see one of us playing TAPS for a family or friend of yours, or the entire Corps playing the National Anthem to kick off a Baseball or Football season. We want you to know that these times are special to us, and we appreciate the opportunity to try and make a difference.
Thursday, June 30, 2011, is "Muchachos Day" at the Manchester Red Cross Donation Center. Support the Muchachos in their community effort to help replenish the Red Cross blood supply! In addition to the Center's monthly promotions, donors are entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Muchachos Fiesta de Musica drum and bugle corps competition being held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at Memorial High School's Clem Lemire Sports Complex, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester, New Hampshire, beginning at 5:30 PM.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men's march where men walk a mile in women's high-heeled shoes to show their support towards sexual violence awareness and prevention. The event is a fundraiser in conjunction with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention. The event's goal is to build awareness about rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
The plan to honor New Hampshire's, and the country's, fallen veterans with a fitting ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH was the idea of Noel Taylor, an alumnus of the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps. Taylor, an Army veteran, had often sounded Taps at the funerals of fellow veterans, in his determination to provide a live, fitting and final tribute.
When seven of Taylor's fellow members of the Muchachos volunteered to travel to upstate New York in the summer of 2006 to participate in the Echo TAPS program—a national event sponsored by Bugles Across America—it touched a nerve with Taylor. The purpose of Echo TAPS was to raise awareness of the need for volunteer buglers nationwide to sound TAPS at veterans funerals, where too many funeral directors were forced to resort to the tape recording as a final tribute. The Echo TAPS event spanned the gap between the national veterans cemeteries in Elmira and Bath New York, with over 800 volunteer musicians, who played TAPS not only with trumpets and brass bugles but some even played their own reed or woodwind instruments.
That event prompted Taylor to consider some type of a public ceremony for the hallowed grounds of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery. His initial attempt was a "21 Horn Salute" with Taps sounded by members of the Muchachos. With the success of the 2006 event, Taylor expanded his plans the next year with "100 Nights of Remembrance" beginning on Memorial Day weekend and culminating on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on this country. With the participation of additional volunteer groups during the summer, our veterans lying in rest on these grounds were saluted nightly with at least one bugler sounding Taps at dusk.
The Muchachos perform in front of a group of Exceptional Citizens. We play everything we know, and then some...
Exceptional Citizen's Week is a highlight in the lives of 150 campers every year. Each camper is treated as an exceptional citizen. All of the activities are centered around their interests and they are catered to by a qualified, enthusiastic and energetic volunteer staff, many of whom also consider the week a highlight in their year, and their lives.
EC Week is entirely free for the campers. Funded by generous contributions, both large and small, from many different people and companies. In its over 50 years of operation, E.C. Week has made a dream come true for more than 5,000 campers.
EC Week is a non-sectarian outdoor camping experience sponsored by the Diocese of Manchester. It is held every year at Camp Fatima, a 150 acre, fully accredited camp on Upper Suncook Lake in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire.
The Staff of volunteers is comprised of people from all walks of life - business professionals, teachers, homemakers, and members of the religious community, to name a few. They all share a common desire to provide fun, happiness, and they live for the campers for this one-week.