Wednesday, April 13, 2011


The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Holland . The young lady, her trumpet and her rendition of TAPS, make your hair stand on end. Most of you may never have heard taps played in its entirety, for all of the men and women who have died for you so you would have the freedom you have in America . This is an opportunity you won't want to miss, and you'll never forget.

Melissa Venema, age 13, is the trumpet soloist. Here is TAPS played in
 its entirety. The original version of TAPS was called Last Post, and 
was  written by Daniel Butterfield in 1801. It was rather lengthy and formal,  as you will hear in this clip. In 1862, it was shortened to 24 notes  and  renamed TAPS. Melissa is playing it on a trumpet, whereby the original  was played on a bugle.

Thanks to JJ Otero.