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 email@example.com.
Below is a list of our 2016 officers:
President: Jimmy Ervin, Jr.
Vice President: Tim Ervin
Treasurer: Mike Gosciniak
Financial Secretary: Jerry Crompton, Jr.
Recording Secretary: Mike Spivak
Member at Large/Chairman of the Board: Rick Lowery
Member at Large: Bill Rinnier, Jr.
Member at Large: Jim Tatar, Jr.
Member at Large: Bobby Gagliardi
Sergeant at Arms, and Business Manager: Ron Fanelli
String Band Association Delegate: Jim Ervin, Sr.
Captain: Carmen Maniaci
Theme Committee Chairman: Brian Rinnier
Music Director: Joe Urizillo, Jr.
Presentation Director: Jim Crompton