I have some sad news to share. It has been confirmed that the oldest name in string bands is gone. The Original Trilby String Band is “non-existing” and not part of the String Band Association anymore according to the Original Trilby String Band’s Facebook page. The 2018 Mummers Parade will be the second year in a row the ORIGINAL Trilby String Band will not perform in the Mummers Parade. Over the past few years, Trilby has struggled with declining membership and soaring costs and they could not get a band together for 2018.
The ORIGINAL Trilby String Band was organized in 1935 and marched for the first time on January 1, 1936, however the band commonly used 1898 as the year they organized. The Original Trilby String Band considers the separate Trilby String Band (organized 1898 and last marched in 1924) as part of their history. The highest the ORIGINAL Trilby String Band placed in a Mummers Parade was a tie for 2nd in 1952. Trilby last performed in the 2016 Mummers Parade.
Here are some video’s of The Original Trilby String Band from the past.