how we began and what we do
In January 2005, after retrofitting a WW II Army barracks, founder Lane Gosnay opened The Bugle Boy listening room in La Grange, TX. In 2008, The Bugle Boy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established with the mission to “Elevate and Sustain Original Live Music”.
The Bugle Boy listening room is hailed as one of the country’s premier listening rooms. From the friendly staff & volunteers, comfortable theatre seating and excellent acoustics, concert goers are sure to enjoy a wonderful evening of music. The Bugle Boy takes its name from the Andrews Sisters’ 1940’s hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. The barracks originated at the WWII Camp Swift Infantry Base in Bastrop, Texas. In 1948, the La Grange Sons of Hermann Lodge purchased the building from the U.S. Army and had it relocated to La Grange where they conducted their meetings until 2004.
We accomplish our mission by offering live concerts at The Bugle Boy listening room, funding artists through our talent trust, supporting the annual Songwriter Serenade Song contest, and servicing the greater community through our music-based outreach programs.
The Bugle Boy listening room is a Fair Trade Music venue where artists are justly compensated to perform their original music. Most concerts are broadcast online and can be viewed from anywhere in the world via our live webcast page.
Over the years, the importance of live music was so palpable it became clear that we needed to expand our music to the broader community. Now our community outreach programs include scheduling artists to perform for nursing home residents and hospice patients, as well as workshops for persons with intellectual disabilities and recording sessions for Veterans.
Organizational leadership is comprised of an all volunteer Board of Directors and Artist Advisory Committee along with two full time / two part-time staff members. We also have a dedicated crew of volunteers and rely on public contributions to sustain the organization’s quality programming.