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“Awaken the Dragon”

We are so proud of our 2017 performance. Special thanks to everyone that supported us throughout the year, especially our family and friends. While we were not able to bring the trophy back home this year, we felt like we gave one hell of a show. We hope that you all enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed bringing it you.

Watch our performance on YouTube


Also, congratulations to our Captain, Denny Palandro, for finishing 2nd in the Captains category! Denny celebrated his 10th year as the band’s Captain and put in one of his best performances to date!


Congratulations – Quaker City String Band 2017 Champions

The Officers and Members of South Philadelphia would like to offer our sincere Congratulations to the men of the Quaker City String Band for their First Prize performance of, “Winter is Coming”.

We would also like to congratulate Thomas D’Amore, Ferko String Band, on your First Place Captains Prize!

Happy New Year!!

70 Years of String Band Excellence

spsb logo platinumMay 14th, 1946 in the Grays Ferry kitchen of Samuel G. Hamilton the South Philadelphia String Band was born! The mission statement was simple, “A good band was one that featured good people and good musicians, having a good time.” That philosophy still holds true today as it did 70 years ago. The diverse membership is dedicated as ever to uphold the standards set forth by the great men that marched before us.

Happy Birthday to the pride of Grays Ferry!


Champions Serenade!

This Sunday, April 17th from 1-5, will be the long awaited String Band Champions Serenade. Featuring the top String Band’s in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade. Here is some important information regarding the event:

  • There will be no parking in the area surrounding the South Philadelphia String Band club house. Parking will be available at the lot between BJ’s Wholesale Club and Pet Smart at the Quartermaster’s Plaza, 23rd & Oregon Ave.
    • Tailgating/drinking alcohol/playing music is not allowed in this lot
  • Shuttle buses will be available for those who park in this lot to transport from the parking area to the SPSB club house
  • The first shuttle will leave this lot to take passengers to the SPSB club house at approximately 12:15pm
  • Shuttles will run consistently back and forth from the parking area to the club house throughout the day
  • The last shuttle bus will leave SPSB club house to return to the parking area for the final trip at 7:15pm

We have been hard at work planning for this event, 41 years in the making. We promise to make sure everyone that attends will have an awesome time. We can’t wait to see all of our friends and family, this Sunday!!


People’s Choice Awards

From: Steve Highsmith

Hello, Mummer Lovers!  It’s time to award the Viewer’s Choice winners for the Fancy Brigades and String Bands from New Year’s Day.  The results from mid-January’s calculations have been securely kept in a mustard jar on Rusty Martz’ stoop.  They will be revealed tomorrow evening, Tuesday evening, at the new event facility at SugarHouse Casino.

All Mummers at the event will receive one Free Drink Ticket for a beverage of their choice, including a non-alcohol drink. Two buffets will serve prime rib, (2) side dishes, a pasta station with (2) options, and a dessert spread.

And!!! There are three $1,000 drawings from the pool of all other clubs present.   Be there by 7 pm.  Please allow for a little slower traffic.  The delicious event will take place despite the small to modest snowfall expected.

Thank you to South Philadelphia String Band for providing the entertainment.

Thanks, Steve!

Find more great stuff from Steve Highsmith at his blog,


“Champs serenading the Champs”

Thank you, Dave Gryzbowski of WPHL-17, for capturing this video of our performance last Saturday at the Fancy Brigade Serenade. This video was taken in front of the Champion, Golden Crown NYB. We hope you enjoy!

Champs serenading the champs! From earlier the South Philadelphia String Band playing at the Golden Crown fancy brigade serenade. Great time and a great atmosphere in South Philly!

Posted by David Grzybowski on Saturday, January 9, 2016


Fancy Brigade Serenade

Come join the South Philadelphia String Band in honoring the GC_NEW_2_op_150x137Fancy Brigade Champion, Golden Crown NYB, this Saturday, 1/9/16! The festivities are to begin at 3pm at their clubhouse, 2022 South 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19148.

This will be the first performance for SPSB as 2016 String Band Champions!