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String Bands

The String Band Division is the musical highlight of the Mummers Parade. Unlike the other 4 divisions, which use recorded music or small and informal “pick-up” bands, the String Bands play-and often compose as well-their own arrangements of music. What makes the String Band “sound” unique is the instruments that are used to perform their music.


Historically, this “sound” is comprised of saxophones, banjos, accordions, violins, bass fiddles, drums and the glockenspiel. This combination of reed, string and percussion instruments has defined the Mummers’ sound for over 100 years. One more interesting note: the musicians performing in this division are NOT permitted to be professional musicians, but the level of dedication and talent you’ll find among these amateurs may fool you into thinking they are! Although known first for their signature sound, the String Bands also add elaborate props, precision drilling and broadway-style choreography to present a four and a half minute production that is anything but amateur.

Today’s String Band productions are influenced by high-level marching band and drum corps drill as well as by Broadway staging, props and choreography. Combined, these modern influences add a new level of showmanship that has allowed String Bands to evolve their performances into the entertaining mini-musicals that define the division today.

Aqua String Band
4624 Richmond St
Philadelphia, PA 19137
215.831.8709
Captain: Ken Maminski

Avalon String Band
1538 S 2nd St # 40
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.465.2332
Captain: Carmen Maniaci

Broomall String Band
522 Hessian Avenue
National Park, NJ 08063
856.845.0394
Captain: Peter J. Broomall, Sr.

Duffy String Band
2230 Cedar St
Philadelphia, PA 19125
215.423.2444
Captain: Ted Kudrick

Durning String Band
Bellmawr, NJ 08031
856.939.3500
Captain: Joe Pomante

Ferko String Band
2630 Bridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19137
610.459.9303
Captain: Anthony Celenza

Fralinger String Band
1903 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215.463.9745
Captain: Scott Wray

Greater Kensington String Band
7235 Edmund St
Philadelphia, PA 19135
215.624.9404
Captain: Harry Bradley

Greater Overbrook String Band
24 Park Ave
Upper Darby, PA 19082
484.598.3580
Captain: “Wild” Bill Razzano

Hegeman String Band
S. 2nd St and Wharton St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
610.580.3700
Captain: John P. Baron

Original Trilby String Band
PO Box 11320
Philadelphia, PA 19137
215.537.1959
Captain: Joseph Kaminski

Pennsport String Band
38 Jackson St
Philadelphia. PA 19148
215.755.5495
Captain: Charlie Nicholas

Polish American String Band
2725-29 E Westmoreland St
Philadelphia, PA 19134
215.739.4534
Captain: Nick Magenta

Quaker City String Band
1943 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148
215.339.9627
Captain: Jim Good

South Philadelphia String Band
2820 W Porter St
Philadelphia, PA 19146
215.336.4352
Captain: Denny Palandro

Uptown String Band
115 Trenton Road
Hulmeville, PA 19047
215.752.3479
Captain: Ryan Radcliffe

Woodland String Band
2041-45 S. Third St.
Philadelphia PA. 19148
215.468.9689
Captain: Tom Robison

August 23, 2017, 8:38 pm