History

Operation Happy Note is a volunteer effort to send musical instruments to deployed service men and women throughout the world. Steve and Barb Baker from Alexandria, MN ran Fergus Music and started Operation Happy Note in March 2005 after their son was deployed to Iraq. They sent him a guitar and one to his friend, too.

These soldiers were so pleased to have instruments while deployed that we found a way to get more instruments to our troops, hence: Operation Happy Note.

With the help of thousands of great Americans, we have now sent over 4000 instruments, including guitars, mandolins, banjos, violins, harmonicas, and accessories to troops in need. Steve also wrote a lesson program with a CD for those who don’t know how to play. Thousands of requests are still coming in; clearly these soldiers need the joy that music brings them.

In March of 2011 Operation Happy Note recruited new volunteer help. Kelly Randolph, Amanda Randolph, and Justin Landt joined as full time Volunteers helping oversee daily operations as well as continuing efforts to grow Operation Happy Note to a national level.

Steve and Barb with Guitar
Steve and Barb with a guitar autographed by the 3D Infantry Div.