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Haunting "Taps"

May 30, 2011 - Jodelle Greiner
I heard a version of “Taps” that was truly haunting.

“Taps” is often played by one trumpeter at military funerals, memorial services for veterans and special occasions of the like. The music is familiar, probably one of the most recognized pieces, but I’d never heard it done the way it was at the Memorial Day program at Blue Earth’s Riverside Cemetery today.

In both the annual program and the special ceremony dedicating Pvt. James Mead’s new headstone, Colan Surratt and Nick Beattie played the trumpets, but the boys stood quite a few yards apart and it was almost like their horns were answering each other. The distance between the boys — and on such a windy day — gave the effect of an echo. It truly did lend an extra layer to the melancholy tune.

 
 

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