Funeral or Memorial Music
Unlike weddings, where there is a standard repertoire for
musicians, funerals and memorial services have far fewer standard
songs. There are songs like Amazing Grace and Ave Maria, but more
than anything else, the families usually want the music that the
deceased enjoyed listening to.
often seen as celebrations of life. We gather to spend time with
family and friends and look back at a life we all shared in the
memory of the deceased.
In that light, Mr.
Lewis has performed many special requests at touching and powerfully
moving funerals. One time he traveled to a ranch in South Texas to
play "Jesusita en Chihuahua" with a French horn and trumpet duo. The
song is a Mariachi song, but the will specifically asked for trumpet
and horn (not a mariachi band). Mr. Lewis was happy to fulfill his
Nothing is too strange when
honoring the life and the last wishes of a loved one.
On another occasion, Lewis was asked to play Reveille at a funeral.
There was some snickering amongst the mourners, but the family was
happy that their military father's favorite "song" was performed at
There is no limit to what
music can be performed at a funeral or memorial service. Mr. Lewis
is ready to provide any music the family desires to honor the life
of their loved one.
Although Mr. Lewis never served in the military (he
tried to join the army in 1986 but failed the physical exam), he is the
son of a career soldier and grew up on military bases around the world.
His rendition of taps recalls those days on base when it was sounded every
For a musician, Taps is a simple song that
even a beginner can play. But the expertise does not lie within
playing the notes alone. Taps is somewhat of a contradiction in that
it has an emotional element, but the impact of that emotion is more
strongly felt when it is performed without emotion. When performed
correctly, Taps gives us a sense of distance. It is emotionally cold
and it is this coldness which affects us so strongly when we hear
This is the way Mr. Lewis plays Taps.
Taps is not just a bunch of notes the way a high school student
might perform it. Nor is Taps an operatic work with excessive
vibrato, the way some other pros might interpret it. It is an
understated bugle call that serves as a punctuation to mark the end
of a soldier's life.
If you are interested in hiring Mr. Lewis to play in a funeral,
please feel free to contact him with the information listed on this
website's contact page.
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