A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith


Breath taking “Taps”

posted by Linda G. Howard

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 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.  So in 1862, it was shortened to 24 notes and renamed “Taps.”  Melissa Nenema is playing it on a trumpet.  Whereby the original was played on a bugle.  The conductor of the orchestra is Andre Rieu from Holland.  

A salute to the men and women who serve in our military.  A grateful thank you to them and to the many who have served and died to bring us freedom.



  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tracy McCollister

    Tremendous! This young girl has talent and her playing of the original “Taps” moved me very deeply.

    • http://specialgathering.wordpress.com Linda G. Howard

      Yes. She is amazing!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Violet

    BRAVO to the young lady. I have never heard the taps played so beautifully before. I gave me chills and tears in my eyes. God Bless her.

    • http://specialgathering.wordpress.com Linda G. Howard

      It is amazing how gifted a young person can be. Yet, playing the notes is not enough. She puts her heart into the preformance. Thanks, Violet for your comment. You are so right.

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