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Greater Kensington String Band
7235 Edmund Street
Philadelphia, PA 19135
Cross Street: Cottman Avenue
General Information
Ken's performance in his first year as Captain, saw him carrying one the larger back pieces in the parade.  Built by Scott Moyer, large back pieces have always been a signature of Greater Kensington. Ken took 12th place for Captain's.

The Greater Kensington String Band was organized in 1946 and first marched in the famous New Year's Day Mummers Parade in 1948. January 1, 2006 marked the band's fifty-ninth consecutive appearance in the spectacular Philadelphia Parade. Since its inception, the band has achieved a 6.4 average prize. The band, known as "GKSB", has taken first prize on two occasions, 1979 and 1988, and has finished in the top ten an impressive forty one times including seventeen years in the prestigious top five.

There was a Kensington String Band back in the 1920's, however, Greater Kensington has no connection to the old group. GKSB started in 1946 on Front Street below Lehigh Avenue and moved to a location atop the Cumberland Sho-bar at KensingtonMummers Avenue and "A" Street beneath the Frankford Elevated. In 1960 the band relocated and established its headquarters at 2444 "D" Street. The "D" Street Club has a history and legend all its own.

The band is a charter member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association and as such can never change its name. So when the band moved in 1966 to Tacony, it still proudly carried the name of Greater Kensington String Band. For the past forty years, the band has owned its own headquarters at 7235 Edmund Street (Cottman & Edmund). Greater "K" had found a home in Northeast Philadelphia and very quickly became involved with community activities. The band has joined with the Mayfair Optimist Club and the Mayfair-Holmesburg Merchants Association to sponsor and help organize the Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Frankford Avenue since 1974.

Actually the band's involvement in this neighborhood parade goes back to 1967. Many talented and dedicated members have passed through the door of the "club" in the past thirty years. Likewise, scores of social members and families have been there to support the band's effort to maintain its position as a quality Mummers organization. In 1975 the band acquired a catering club license making it available for rentals for all occasions. Most would agree, it is a great place to hold a party.

  • Rental: Our club house is available for rental for your special event, such as showers, birthday parties, retirements and wedding receptions, to name a few. It is conveniently located in the "Great Northeast" section of Philadelphia on Cottman Avenue, just a few minutes from I-95. We can accommodate 120 or so in the upper banquet hall and up to 70 in the lower hall. Catering and DJ services are available. Have more questions? Please give us a call, we'd love to hear from you.
    Hire The Band: Our costumed musicians provide the flexibility you need— from a 15 minute grand opening to a two hour fund raiser. We’ve played it all. We can provide foot-tapping music and the good-humored fun your event needs, including a demonstration of the unique Mummer’s Strut.   We love to parade and invite inquiries as to availability.   We have the right sized group for any occasion.
  • Membership: Would you like to join a string band? Greater Kensington is always looking for new members. We rehearse every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm at our club house just off Cottman Avenue in Northeast. Come out and visit with us. Don't play? We can teach you how
  • Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
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