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April 11, 2009

Taps Played on the Horn With The Heart of a Child

This is truly beautiful coming from Melissa Venema, a 13 year-old Dutch trumpeter and playing with the Johann Straus Orchestra.

Excerpt from Andre Rieu’s concert during the World Stadium Tour in Amsterdam Arena, the Netherlands, on 28 June 2008.

Amazingly beautiful .. 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.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 11, 2009 03:40 AM


My daughter plays the trumpet, too! I remember a time when girls didn't play the trumpet.
This little girl is really, really good.
I commend her on her God given talent.
Way to go Melissa!

Posted by: Lynn at April 11, 2009 06:28 AM

The title of this song is Il Silenzo. It was written in 1965 by an Italian. It may be based on TAPS, I don't know. It is a beautiful song. Miss Venema plays it perfectly.

Posted by: TomR at April 11, 2009 01:16 PM

Beautiful rendition, Melissa Venema is so talented.

Posted by: Jack at April 11, 2009 03:37 PM

Thats beautiful. She is going to be a great one. It's been said, that a musician plays music but an artest feels the music. She feels everything she is playing.

Posted by: Mark at April 11, 2009 07:39 PM

Lynn, that is so wonderful about your
daughter. Your right, it was never that
popular for a girl to play a trumpet.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 12, 2009 12:40 AM

Tom, yes she does.
I copied the information from the YouTube
site and I never knew that about Taps.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 12, 2009 12:42 AM

Jack, yes she really has a natural talent.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 12, 2009 12:44 AM

Mark, that is so true, it really is.

Even with singers, one can tell the ones
that are just singing a song well and those
that feel it and stand out from the others.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 12, 2009 12:47 AM