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1982 Avalon String Band Reorganization

Harry Lawson formed the 12th Ward String Band on May 11th, 1938, but as of 1944, the band had rebranded itself as the Avalon String Band. However, after so many years of financial distress and mediocre finishes, Avalon disbanded. It was on March 23, 1982, when a brave group of men (some still marching with us today), took a shot on a then-struggling group, and Avalon was reborn. The band has continued to have great success, finishing in the top ten all but three times since the reorganization. 

Throughout the years, Avalon has been fortunate enough to play all over the world, which included stops in New Orleans, Dublin, and Sicily. More notably, the band has also had the privilege to play at Governor Ed Rendell’s Inaugural Ball, as well as the Presidential Inaugural Parade for Bill Clinton – an honor that very few bands can say they hold. 

The reorganization, along with our continued success would not have been possible without the help and support of the membership, our families, and the guidance of our leadership. If you’d like to reach an officer to learn more about the band, email

Below is a list of our 2024 officers:

President: Jim Crompton
Vice President: Jerry Crompton, Jr.
Treasurer: Mike Spivak
Financial Secretary: Eric Johnson
Recording Secretary: Mike Myslinski
Member at Large/Chairman of the Board: Bobby Coyle
Member at Large: Christian Hankerson

Member at Large: Kyle Matusik
Member at Large: Jim Tatar, Jr.
Business Manager: Carmen Maniaci
Sergeant at Arms: Jeff Davidson

Captain: Bobby Gagliardi
Music Director: Joe Urizillo, Jr.
Presentation Director: Jeff


Avalon String Band 1982 Appearance

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