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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

Avalon String Band
1538 S 2nd St # 40
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Duffy String Band
2230 Cedar St
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Durning String Band
Bellmawr, NJ 08031

Ferko String Band
2630 Bridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19137

Fralinger String Band
1903 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Greater Kensington String Band
7235 Edmund St
Philadelphia, PA 19135

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

Pennsport String Band
38 Jackson St
Philadelphia. PA 19148

Polish American String Band
2725-29 E Westmoreland St
Philadelphia, PA 19134

Quaker City String Band
1943 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19148

South Philadelphia String Band
2820 W Porter St
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Uptown String Band
115 Trenton Road
Hulmeville, PA 19047

Woodland String Band
2041-45 S. Third St.
Philadelphia PA. 19148