About Us: Fralinger Fact Sheet

In 2012, the band won fifth prize in the New Year’s Day parade with the theme “Stars Over Scotland”.  Full of energy, spirit and fun, our Scottish Highland clansmen entertain you with exciting music and dance routines.  Fralinger is renowned throughout the world for their unique musical and performance style.

  • Most consistent top prize winner over the last 25 years:
    • Winner of an unprecedented eight-consecutive First Prizes from 2003-2010
    • Won first, second or third prize in 18 of the last 25 New Years’ Day parades
    • 16 First Prizes overall
  • Captain Thomas D’Amore, in his third year,  earned First Prize Captain honors in 2012!
  • Organized on December 18, 1914 by Dr. John J. Fralinger, M.D., a Philadelphia physician, pharmacist and also the team doctor for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. WE ARE NINETY-SEVEN YEARS PROUD!
  • Reorganized in 1974 as a nonprofit organization governed completely by the membership
  • progressiveMummers String Band organization:
    • First string band to vocalize
    • First String Band to emulate brass instrument sounds with reed instruments (1971)
    • First String Band to feature the Big Band sound (1972) and Dixieland Jazz (1973)
    • First String Band to receive Philadelphia Mayor’s Achievement Award (1975)
    • Herb Smith (Music Director Emeritus), Mike Rayer (Presentation Director Emeritus), and Bill Bowen Jr. (Captain Emeritus) – all members of elite Mummers’ Hall of Fame
  • Significant engagements:
    • Hong Kong International Chinese New Year Parade (2007)
    • Mardi Gras – New Orleans, LA (1973 and 2012)
    • Walt Disney World SpectroMagic® Parade (2007)
    • Official 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia PhilliesWhiz Kids” pep band (since 1990)
    • Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell Inaugural ParadeHarrisburg, PA (2003)
    • Miss America Pageant Parade – Atlantic City, NJ
    • Pearl Harbor Memorial Concert – Honolulu, HI (1997)
    • Baseball Hall of Fame Parade – Cooperstown, NY
    • Selected for “America’s Bicentennial Celebration” television special (1976)
    • Appeared in Brian De Palma’s movie, “Blow Out” (1981)
    • Appeared in Philadelphia Constitution Bicentennial Parade (1987)
    • Appeared at Disney’s New York premiers of “Pocahontas” (1995) and “Hercules” (1997)
    • Dick Clark’sFreedom Festival” television special (1989)