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“Mummers” Music in the traditional Philadelphia Style.
Annual Portrait of The Suncoast Mummers String Band
With our Helpers & Glittering, Animated, DAZZLING, Strutters.
THE SUNCOAST MUMMERS STRING BAND
is now accepting new members.
Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxes, Violins, Tubas, Accordions, A Drummer, Bass, Strutter's, a driver and especially helpers.
Contact Marge Schweizer @ 941-729-4069
- MUMMERS -
What is a mummer? A Philadelphia tradition since 1901, the annual Mummers Parade ushers in the New Year via a decidedly unique combo of outrageous sequined costumes, twirling parasols, choreographed dances, satirical performances, elaborate floats and props, live music and general revelry. Mummers are a Philadelphia tradition from way back.
The String Bands instruments are saxes, drums, banjos, a bass, violins, a glock, and accordions.
Their costumes are expensive with a feather going for about $5.00 each. They use the feathers as many times as they can by re-tinting them each year. There are now businesses that do the costumes for the Mummers.
Somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000 Mummers will strut on Broad Street on New Year's Day, in front of the judge’s stand and TV cameras, each parader representing one of more than 40 official Mummers clubs. These clubs, whose members practice and perform on a regular basis, are organized into five different divisions: String Bands, Wench Brigades, Fancy Brigades, Comic Division and Fancy Division.
Each division puts on its own, unique type of performance, which is judged by parade officials to determine a winner. While the Mummers' wacky costumes and clown-like personas might lead you to believe otherwise, these performers are serious about their craft, especially with cash prizes at stake.
There's no charge to view the parade! the Mummers Grand Stand. Perched by the judges' stand on JFK Boulevard near City Hall, bleacher seating grants 1,200 parade-goers the best sightlines of the Mummers as they perform for the judges. Find a spot among the crowds anywhere along Broad Street between City Hall and Washington Avenue.
See our strutter's in action at a performance by clicking on the doll.
Click on the button opposite the song to play!
Ted Eastman, John Schweizer and Ray Wilson playing "12th Street Rag", Listen to that Tuba!.
John & Marge with their elucidation of the song "How Could You Believe Me?)
A photo of The Bradenton Suncoast
Mummers String Band Strutters.
The Suncoast band consist of over 45 members from all over the United States and Canada. These members get together in the Bradenton area of Florida from January to April to rehearse and play out at performances. The band consists of The Musical Director, Tom Lizenberger. an MC, banjos, accordions, tubas, saxophones, violins, clarinets, drums, a sophisticated glockenspiel, trumpets, vocalists and our animated, sparkling Strutter's. We also have an annual performance in "The Renaissance building" in Bradenton. Some memorable performances: Carnival Cruise Lines, The Villages, Tampa State & Manatee Fairs, Busch Gardens and The St. Patrick's Parade.We are available for Parades, Weddings, House parties, Adult Communities, Corporate & Promotional Events, Concerts, Birthdays, and much more!
Click on our Umbrella to see "Old Bones" presented by the Suncoast String Band on "You Tube".
PLEASE HELP US SUPPORT THESE TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE,
BY MAKING A TAX DEDUCTABLE DONATION TO:SMSB SCHOLARSHIP FUND
C/OHarbor Community Bank
410 8th Ave.
W. Palmetto, Fl. 34221
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