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Hegeman String Band
2nd Street & Warton Street
South Philly
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Cross Street: Warton Street
Phone: N/A
General Information
On May 11, 1938 the 12th Ward Stringband was formed by Harry T. Lawson. The Band was later renamed and has paraded as " Avalon" Stringband since 1944. The Band was named after a popular brand of cigarettes

The Hegeman String Band ages range from 12 to 68 years of age. On New Years Day, there are approximately 70 members in the Mummers Parade, baring any injuries from New Years Eve.Mummers

Hegeman is also coed and was the first coed Mummers band in 1991. Chrissy Canuccio was the first female to join Hegeman’s. But there was a problem then, because you needed 50 members to participate, and Hegeman only had about 25 at the time. The band was able to get enough members in time to participate and not only ended up winning 1st overall, but was the only coed band to-date to have placed 1st overall. They then won 1st again in 1995. Chrissy had stepped away for many years, did get married, and is actually back this year. There are only five coed bands today.

  • Funds: People don’t realize, but the cost for certain bands could run from $20,000 to $100,000 a year. Hegeman has their member dues and also receives money for renting out their club for events. The band also makes money from special events such as weddings, parades, and more. There is a designer who also designs the costumes and props, in which the band has a company that makes the actual costumes. The band members will also help with specific costumes, props, and stage work. It’s a team effort, with long hours outside their normal lives such as those that have 9 to 5 jobs.
    Practice: Westarts practicing in January, once a month on Tuesdays, up until September. From September to December, they practice twice a month, on Sundays and Tuesdays. In December, leading up to the Mummers parade, they practice on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Practices usually last two hours, sometimes up to four hours, depending on how Captain John Baron feels regarding their progress..
  • Support:Support Hegeman through Joe Corbi's purchases! We're running a fundraise this summer to help purchase costumes and props for New Year's Day.

    Click the link below. Or go to www.joecorbi.com/order and enter Group code: 28HEGSB; Seller ID: 264834. Then shop away!

    We thank our fans for your support!

    To learn more about our services and to book the band, please contact:
    Mike Myzo 215-740-1374
    or events@avalonstringband.com

  • 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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