I have just been offered to play Taps for the NJROTC at my high school before we do the 11 laps to walk on the track. I'll be in my ROTC uniform, wearing white gloves, and performing in either my broken King Tempo, or a friends Bach Strad. Afterwards I'll have to jump in First Sgt. Ham's truck with three other cadet's to do a colorguard performance for a couple renewing their vows.
I love being a colorguard commander, and also play Taps for the whole school, and for all those brave men and women who had lost their lives. It really is an honor to do this.
The weird thing about all of this, is, today when I had to practice for the part, I played Taps in my crappy china horn! Yet I was hired by the Captain of the Navy, (Now a Senior Naval Science Instructor) So I played Taps for the cadets while going out for the drill team, and they all enjoyed it as well. So I'm sure it'll be fun, yet like all people say:
It can be the easiest, yet hardest song to play" considering that I always get goose bumps, and maybe a little tear pears out of my eye every time I play it. I guess I'm just proud to be an American.
The best way to play Taps is to imagine in your head, that you're playing for all the fallen soldiers, the innocent lives taken on 9-11, and all the proud citizens of the United States. Isn't that what it's all about anyway? If you imagine that every time you play, you'll feel much more proud of yourself for doing this, and get a better, and correct feel of why you're playing this.
Like I said, as I am a junior of high school, I am VERY honored to be playing Taps on 9-11 in my uniform, for all proud citizens of the beautiful United States of America!