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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, Bass,
Strutter's, a driver and especially helpers.
Contact Marge Schweizer @ 941-729-4069
- MUMMERS -
Someone asked me while on a job what is a mummer, as many are not from Philadelphia and have no clear idea, so I went to the web to glean something of the idea. Here is what I have found.
History: The parade traces back to mid-17th-century roots, blending elements from Swedish, Finnish, Irish, English, German, and other European heritages, as well as African heritage. The parade is related to the Mummers Play tradition from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Swedes and Finns, the first European colonists in the Philadelphia area, brought the custom of visiting neighbors with them through New Year's Day with costumed celebrants loudly parading through the city. They appointed a "speech director", who performed a special dance with a traditional rhyme:
Here we stand before your door,
As we stood the year before;
The Mummers derive their name from the Mummers' plays performed in Philadelphia in the 18th century as part of a wide variety of working class street celebrations around Christmas. Small groups of up to twenty mummers, their faces blackened, went door to door, shooting and shouting, and adapting the English Mummer's play by replacing the character of "King George" with that of "General Washington." Southern plantation life's contributions include the parade's theme song, James A. Bland's "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" (introduced in 1903), as well as the 19th-century cakewalk, dubbed the "Mummers' Strut" or the "2 Street Strut". The first official parade was held January 1, 1901 on Broad Street. The "groups" now include String Bands, Comics & Fancy brigades.
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?)
Some photos of The Bradenton Suncoast
Mummers String Band.
Click on small photos AND small right or left arrows, to move to new photos.
The Suncoast band consist of over 35 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!
Joe Quattrone, Bus Mgr.
Capt. Rita Mooney,
Click on photo to hear Rita.
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/OFIRST AMERICA BANK410 8TH AVE. W.PALMETTO, FL. 34221
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