Melissa Venema and her magic trumpet
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Melissa Venema is just 16 years old and has an extraordinary talent for the trumpet. Born in Holland in 1995, Melissa instinctively was drawn towards wind instruments. At 8 she developed a passion for the trumpet and it soon became clear that they were meant for each other.
Below is Melissa–a age 14 (!)– playing solo ”Il Silenzio” in June 2008 at Amsterdam’s Arena, invited by Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. Breathtaking!
Il Silenzio is an extension of taps, used by almost all the Armed Forces of the world. In the video, the composition is played in its entirety, and it is both a sad and a beautiful thing to hear.