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The Denville String Band
New Jersey Mummers (973)
Welcome to the home page of the Denville
String Band -- a New Jersey band that entertains in the tradition of
the Philadelphia Mummers! While visiting our site, you'll find
information about the band. You can contact us for further information,
or stop by the club house and visit us sometime.
Mummers String Bands originated in Philadelphia. In a tradition
that continues annually on New Years day morning, thousands of Mummers march
through the city in a parade now sponsored by the city of Philadelphia.
Most of the participants are in spectacular costumes, but most marchers do not
play instruments. Sandwiched in the middle of the parade are the favorite
for many of the spectators -- the 18 or so Philadelphia-area String Bands.
The combination of saxophones, banjos, accordions and glockenspiel is a distinctive
and unforgettable sound.
|Big Memorial Day Parade,
Dover, NJ, 2001
The Denville String Band (DSB) recreates this Philadelphia phenomenon throughout
northern New Jersey, performing at 30 or more events each year. The DSB
has acquired authentic musical arrangements written especially for the Philadelphia
mummers bands. In addition, since the Philadelphia bands must create new
costumes each year for their big parade, we purchase our "suits" from
one of these bands. Over the years, we have aquired our suits from many
of Philadelphia's top prize-winners. All suits have sequins and bright
colors. The Captain and select band members wear large feather "back
pieces" to create an impressive appearance.
|Sax player in backpiece
DSB musicians vary in age (from high-school thru retirement)
and playing ability. Some members fill important roles in managing the
club house and truck, or helping to maintain our parade uniforms and props.
All members enjoy participating in a fun organization that makes music and
We rehearse most Monday nights at our Club House near
NJ Transit's Mt.Tabor train stop. If you want to stop in, you will be
welcome -- but play it safe and call (973) 267-2211 to make sure we are meeting
that night, since our concert schedule sometimes takes us elsewhere.
| New Jersey Governor
Christie Whitman shares a moment with the DSB prior to the 2000 Ridgewood
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