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South Philadelphia String Band
2820 West Porter Street
South Philly
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Cross Street: 28th Street
General Information
In those 66 years South Philadelphia has taken  First Prize 3 times and placed in the Top 10, 43 times, making South Philadelphia one of the most successful
String Bands in history.

The South Philadelphia String Band was organized on May 14, 1946 in the Grays Ferry kitchen of Samuel G. Hamilton, whose founding philosophy was simple: "A good band was one that featured good people and good musicians having a good time." Hamilton combed the streets of Grays Ferry for members, and the Band's first appearance in the Mummer's Day Parade on January 1, 1947. Parading as a mascot that Mummersfirst year was Samuel R. Hamilton, the son of the founder and today known as "Grays Ferry Sam". The Band later was incorporated on June 6, 1953. A signatory to the Band's original charter was Pat Pilone, among others.

The Band always has had a strong allegiance to the Grays Ferry section of South Philadelphia. Many of its members, both old and new, hail from this part of South Philadelphia. Among them are 30 year captain Jim Donaghy, labeled "The Pride of Grays Ferry" during his tenure, which featured an unheralded three first place captain's prizes in 1959 through 1961; the Moran family, which lists as members the departed but not forgotten Jim "Shoes" Moran and Jim Jr, in addition to present family members, Joe Sr., Joe Jr., and brother Mike, former president Bill Gibson Sr., and his son, former captain Bill Gibson Jr.;. Membership today totals 125 and members' mailing addresses span the entire metropolitan Philadelphia area.

  • Hire The Band: If you are planning an event and would like to add True Philadelphia Flavor then the South Philadelphia String Band is for you.
    Birthday Parties
    Anniversary Celebrations
    Special Events
    For More Information Call 215-336-4352
  • The Hall: Located in South Philadelphia, at 2820 Porter Street.
    Donaghy Hall is available for all of your banquet needs.
    The spacious dining area can comfortably seat up to 150 guests.
    Our extensive menu and refreshment packages
    can be customized to suit all your needs.
    We can also assist in providing some of the best DJ and live
    entertainment in the Philadelphia area. 

    Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays,
    Communions, Reunions, and Luncheons.

    We specialize in Corporate functions. 
    Our meeting room has seating for up to 200 attendees. 
    We offer full use of our wireless internet and audio/visual systems.

  • 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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