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. ENJOY!