Young man with Down syndrome plays touching saxophone tribute to his grandpa

Matt Lomaka has a passion for playing the saxophone. The young man from Virginia, who has Down syndrome, decided to bring his much-loved instrument to his grandpa’s funeral and moved everyone to tears with his beautiful playing.

The touching tribute to his grandfather “G” was recorded and shared on social media by him mom. Judging by the comments he didn’t just move the funeral attendees but anyone who watched him play.

Matt plays the difficult instrument with so much control, he’s clearly a very talented musician, but it’s also clear that he adored his grandfather.

“This touching tribute to his Grandfather ‘G’ left the funeral attendees in tears and everyone who has since watched the funeral,” his mom wrote in a Facebook post sharing the video of Matt playing.

“A special goodbye from Matt. Not a dry eye,” she added.


He chose to play the beautiful song “Here I am, Lord,” a Christian hymn written by American composer Dan Schutte.

“I, the Lord of sea and sky. I have heard my people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin. My hand will save,” is a line from the 1981 song.

‘More fitting song’

Just Because Ministries shared the video writing: “We couldn’t think of a more fitting song for Matt to play for his Grandpa as a final send off into the arms of the Father!”

Watch Matt play in the clip below and don’t forget to share if you too were moved by his playing.