"All American Veterans"

"Melissa Venema."

Outstanding performance!

Have you been to a funeral where Taps was played to honor someone, usually a Service member or veteran? Did you know that the version used today is a shortened version of the original version? Well, here is the FULL VERSION in its entirety.

The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu, from Austria. The young lady, Melissa Venema, AGE 13, is the trumpet soloist. Her rendition of “TAPS” may make your hair stand on end. Miss Venema’s rendition simply is BEAUTIFUL. 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 the clip. So in 1862, it was shortened to 24 notes, and re-named 'TAPS”.



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