Aqua String Band
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The band was organized on April 2, 1920 by Elmer W. Leyrer and Fred J. Kesel, Sr. and incorporated into the String Band Association in 1945. Kesel introduced the glockenspiel to string bands, which has now become a signature and defining sound. The name, "Aqua", poked fun at the Volstead Act which banned alcohol under Prohibition.
The band travels extensively. In addition to Philadelphia area parades, private events and concerts, other notable performances include participating in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Holyoke, Massachusetts, the 2012 Little League World Series' Grand Slam Parade and the 2011 Hatboro Holiday Parade.
- Kennedy, Ed. Temple University Press, 2007, Life, Liberty, and the Mummers, p 6. ISBN 1592135889.
- "Band seeks community harmony on move to Lawncrest Clubhouse." Philadelphia Inquirer. September 10, 1987. (subscription required)
- Mummers from Philadelphia to perform in Fall River parade - Fall River, MA - The Herald News