LCRA and City of La Grange representatives present a $19,995 grant to the Bugle Boy Foundation for repairs to the organization’s building, which was built in the early 1940s. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Kate Holman, LCRA governmental affairs representative; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Janet Moerbe, La Grange mayor; Margo Johnson, Bugle Boy Foundation board president; Heather Eilers, Foundation operations director; Lane Gosnay, Foundation founder and executive director; and Ed Janecka, Fayette County judge.
The Bugle Boy music venue will receive a host of improvements – from flooring repairs to new walls and fresh paint -- thanks to a $19,995 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of La Grange.
The grant also will pay for new window casings and screens, ceiling replacements, insulation and electrical repairs for the venue, which provides music-based programs and more than 100 live performances annually in a World War II U.S. Army barracks building that was moved to La Grange from Camp Swift Army Base in Bastrop. The organization provides a variety of programs for schoolchildren, veterans, musicians, nursing home residents, hospice patients and music lovers. The intimate venue draws patrons from near and far, and provides live online webcasting that allows people in other cities and countries to enjoy the live concerts.
“There really is nothing else like it – the building itself and the multitude of music-oriented services we offer,” said Lane Gosnay, Bugle Boy founder and executive director. “The original Army barracks building has served as our music venue for 12 years – starting with concerts, then branching out into music-based community outreach programs – so we are excited to make much-needed repairs with a grant like this, which is unprecedented for us to receive. It will help us create a safer and more comfortable environment for our patrons.”
While the Bugle Boy is well known for its unique concerts, the nonprofit also cultivates and nurtures a sense of community through a variety of musical programs, including music workshops at Fayette County schools that introduce young people to music composition, instruments and recording.
The Bugle Boy also hosts monthly Soldier Songs and Voices workshops in which professional singer-songwriters offer free music lessons and instruments to veterans and active duty military personnel.
Additionally, two of the Bugle Boy’s newer programs are tailored for terminally ill patients and nursing home residents in Fayette County. “Music in Memory trains nursing home staff and supplies iPods and music download cards to help stimulate residents’ minds,” Gosnay said. “Music is one of the last things we lose, and hearing favorite songs triggers memories. It’s great to see someone’s face light up when they hear a song that reminds them of a happy memory.”
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of La Grange is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants are due Jan. 31. More information is available at
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit