The Woodland String Band was established in February 1926 and has competed in the annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade every year since January 1st, 1927. Woodland originated in the Southwest section of Philadelphia and moved to its current location on “Two Street” in the heart of “Mummers Row” in July of 1990. Woodland is a charter member of the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association and the year 2014 marks the band’s 88th consecutive year in existence, one of the longest among Philadelphia’s string bands. The band performs a unique brand of Philly style entertainment that includes music comprised of instruments from the reed, string and percussion instruments combined with the wearing of colorful fancy costumes, consistent with each year’s new theme. The members of Woodland pride themselves on being a family organization, currently including seventeen father and son combinations, one of which includes three generations
Woodland performs a new and exciting choreographed theme of song and dance (similar to a mini Broadway show) each year and strives for excellence, finishing in the top ten of the annual parade 63 times (27 out of the past 28 years), including 18 top five finishes and three first place Captain’s prizes during our 88 years of existence. Woodland’s proud history has culminated with it’s 2012 First Prize Winning performance of “It’s a Jungle Out There”! The band is available for hire and can make your special occasion an affair to remember.