Funerals - often a time of great sadness, intensity and grieving - can also be celebratory and wonderfully life affirming. New Orleans style music at a funeral traditionally captures both the essence of grief and the celebration of life and The Westside Syncopators are proud to be particularly experienced and sensitive in this genre.

Listen to our rendition of the much requested Just A Closer Walk With Thee and you'll hear the band move from quiet reflection to joy!

On a typical funeral we might play in front of the hearse for some or all of the route to the crematorium or cemetery, and after play a few numbers while the family and friends view the flowers. Sometimes we're asked to play a requested favourite jazz song or spiritual in the service. We are also often asked to play appropriate background jazz at a wake or family get together.

You'll find us sympathetic and sensitive to the occasion and we work equally well through direct contact with family members and Funeral Directors. Call 07976 893671 now or email enquiry@westsidesyncopators.co.uk


For those who want a full traditional New Orleans funeral band (as in the opening scene of the film Live and Let Die), we can provide upwards of a 6 piece brass band, consisting of trumpet(s), trombone(s), reed(s), sousaphone, smare drum and bass drum dressed in traditional New Orleans parade caps.

For such occasions, we can play a selection of dirges(slow hyms) and marches, such as:

  • Just a Closer Walk With Thee
  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • Flee As A Bird
  • Lead Me Saviour
  • Nearer My God To Thee
  • Lord Lord Lord
  • Just A Little While To Stay Here


I just wanted to ask you to pass on our thanks to the boys for making our Mum's funeral, last Friday week, such a memorable occasion .They were absolutely perfect outside the church and captured the mood of the day perfectly. They also did a great job back at the club and were appreciated by everyone. - J.T.

I wanted to say thank you for playing so well at Mary's funeral. It was a really beautiful occasion, despite the sadness, and you contributed a lot to that. - R.S.

Simon - thank you and the Syncopators for Friday, it was a funeral that no one will forget and a good memory of my father-in-law. FANTASTIC!- J.M.

Westside Syncopators Trio