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In the funeral home or memorial service location, we usually play in a fixed location. We play the dirges as a prelude to the service as visitors enter and are seated. During the service we play the hymns or pieces selected on cue, and at the end of the service pick up the paces in celebration. The band stays in place until the end. The instrumentation is usually clarinet, bass, keyboard (piano) and drums, adding trumpet, trombone and banjo as desired.
At the burial site we can become a marching unit, leading the procession accompanying the casket (or urn) from its transport site, playing dirges until the gravesite is reached. Family and friends follow us and then assemble. We played the selected hymns during the burial service and afterward pick up the pace and celebrate as we march in procession back to the original site. As a marching unit the instrumentation is clarinet, tuba, banjo and field drum, adding trumpet, trombone and bass drum as desired.
Examples of some selections that we play:
Dirges Hymns Celebrations
In the Garden Just a Closer Walk with Thee Just a Little While to Stay Here
Amazing Grace We Shall Walk Through the Valley When the Saints Go Marching In
The Old Rugged Cross Precious Lord Over in the Gloryland
In the Sweet Bye and Bye Selected Hymns Oh! Didn't He Ramble
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