Green Street Mortuary Band

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote a poem about them.  Amy Tan’s mother was serenaded by them as she lay in state.  Jessica Mitford’s memorial procession was led by them. And more than 300 Chinese families a year hire the Green Street Mortuary Band to give their loved ones a proper and musical send-off through the streets of Chinatown. The band traces its roots back to 1911 and the Cathay Chinese Boys Band, the first marching group in Chinatown.

Julie Caine

It’s a chilly morning in San Francisco, and a funeral is starting.