James A. Durning founded the Durning String Band in 1935 and marched with the Mummers for the first time in 1936. The string Band changed its names to the James V. Durning String band in 1944 to honor the founder’s sons who is listed as Missing in Action.This talented and entertaining group of performers continues to delight the crowds year after year!
2014 Theme Concept:
This year’s Durning String Band’s 2014 themed production “ Wet Side Story” has us all feeling like it were 90 degrees out and mid-August! The production, filled with elaborate props, which even included surfers riding waves in the middle of Broad Street! It took the us back to the 1960’s California Beach movie and had the entire crowd feeling warm and fuzzy inside! This performance was truly dazzling!