About The Honor Music Project Founder:

Tom Allen

Rochester, NY

A life-long trumpet player, and drum and bugle corps participant as a performer and coach who believes that music is for everyone, and wants to see the traditions and culture that shaped his life continue for the next generation.

  • Founder of Operation Taps.
  • Former member of nationally renowned ensembles the Empire Statesmen, Power Zone Brass Ensemble, and the Prime Time Brass Band.
  • Assistant NYS Director of Bugles Across America
  • Honor Flight Rochester Volunteer and organizer of The Ultimate Brasstacular Benefit Concert Series that has helped over 100 veterans travel on Honor Flight Rochester
  • Recipient of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Citation for his musical volunteerism. Previous winners: Ellis Marsalis, and The Disney Corporation. Click to view link
  • Here's a profile from News 8 Rochester's Extraordinary People feature on the March  2015 "Echo Taps" for jazz legend Clark Terry. Click to view link
  • 2016 Inductee to the Buglers Hall of Fame.
  • Graduate of SUNY College at Brockport and works as a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
  • And proudly... the Founder and Director of The All In Brass Band, a youth-focused brass ensemble that emphasizes Education, Entertainment, and Community Impact.
The Honor Music Project

More info:

Operation Taps

Link to site
Encouraging civilian Taps bugler volunteers to proactively get involved in their communities to sound Taps at military honors funerals. Today, only 20% of services will have a live bugler, the others will receive Taps on a recorded device. If only 20% get a bugler today, what will be like in 50 years? The mission of Operation Taps is to save that tradition. 

The Ultimate Brasstacular Benefit Concert Series for Honor Flight Rochester

Link to site for info on the 2016 Show!

Honor Flight Rochester flies veterans to Washington, DC to visit the monuments built in THEIR honor. This concert series has helped more than 100 veterans, mostly in their 80's and 90's, make "The trip of lifetime." All they did was save the world.

The All In Brass Band

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A youth-focused version of the modern brass band style. A "moving party" that blends New Orleans Second Line style with Rochester drum corps sizzle and fun. Based at the Rochester Association of Performing Arts and open to brass instrumentalists from 7th grade on up. They'll be playing side by side with professional musicians, teachers, and college age mentors. The band plays for community events and learns about the causes from event organizers.