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Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Avalon String Band.


Please explore this site to learn more about the history of “The Big A”, see past performances, and to find out how you can have us at your next event. Whatever it is, the Avalon String Band can bring the color, sound, and excitement you’ve come to expect with this great tradition we call “Mummery”. Thanks for stopping by!




About the
Avalon String Band

Howard T. Lawson formed the 12th Ward String Band on May 11th, 1938, but as of 1944, the band had rebranded itself as the Avalon String Band. However, after so many years of financial distress and mediocre finishes, Avalon disbanded. It was on March 23, 1982, when a brave group of men (some still marching with us today), took a shot on a then struggling group, and Avalon was reborn. The band has continued to have great success, finishing in the top ten all but twice since the reorganization.

Throughout the years, Avalon has been fortunate enough to play all over the world, which included stops in New Orleans, Dublin, and Sicily. More notably, the band has also had the privilege to play at Governor Ed Rendell’s Inaugural Ball, as well as the Presidential Inaugural Parade for Bill Clinton – an honor that very few bands can say they hold.

The reorganization, along with our continued success would not have been possible without the help and support of the membership, our families, and the guidance of our leadership. If you’d like to reach an officer to learn more about the band, email

Below is a list of our 2018 officers:
President: Ken White, Sr.
Vice President: Tim Ervin
Treasurer: Lex Rogers
Financial Secretary: Mike Gosciniak
Recording Secretary: Mike Spivak
Member at Large: Jerry Crompton, Jr.
Member at Large: Jim Tatar
Member at Large: Frank Albano
Member at Large and Business Manager: Bob Coyle
Sergeant at Arms: Jim Ellison
Captain: Carmen Maniaci, Sr.
Music Director: Joe Urizillo, Jr.
Presentation Director: Jim Crompton
Theme Committee Chairman: Bill Rinnier, Sr.
String Band Association Delegate: Jim Ervin, Sr.


Be sure to catch the Avalon String Band at a parade or concert near you. Our schedule is updated regularly, so check back often! If you’d like to have Avalon at your next parade or event, please call our Business Manager, Bob Coyle at 215-370-5192, or email



Join Avalon

Ever watch the parade and think, “I’d love to get involved in that!” The Avalon String Band is always looking for musicians, dancers, and non-players (Marshalls) to help behind the scenes. Learn an instrument, travel with the band, build lasting relationships, and take your musical talents to the next level.


Whether you’re just starting off, or looking for a new musical outlet, we want to hear from you. For more information, stop down on a Tuesday night, or email See you at rehearsal! Just think, you could be strutting on Broad Street with one of Philadelphia’s greatest traditions!