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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.

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