Although the Uptown String Band was organized in 1937, we have grown from many directions. In 1950, some of our founding fathers originally formed the Penndel Firefighters String Band, who later became the Greater Bucks String Band in 1953. After taking top prize in 1965, the group disbanded with several departed members purchasing the charter for the Harrowgate String Band (est. 1950). And finally, the members of the Harrowgate String Band re-organized the Uptown String Band in 1990 by purchasing their charter in order to join the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association.
See the history of our organization through a timeline of all of our major accomplishments by reading below.
Forming The Band
Captain Robert Runkle, Jr. - 1942