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 2020 officers:

President: Ken White, Sr.
Vice President: Tim Ervin
Treasurer: Lex Rogers
Financial Secretary: Mike Spivak
Recording Secretary: Glenn Bird
Member at Large: Frank Albano
Member at Large: Jim Ellison

Member at Large: Rob Eshelman
Member at Large & Chairman of the Board: Jerry Crompton, Jr.
Business Manager: Bob Coyle
Sergeant at Arms: Mike Myslinski

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

Theme Committee Chairman: Bill Rinnier, Sr.
String Band Association Delegate: Jim Ervin, Sr.

Avalon String Band 1982 Appearance

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