If you watched the Mummer’s Parade on New Year’s Day you may have spotted Conshy resident John Baron leading the Hegeman String Band. As reported by the Colonial News:
John Baron likes to win, and he defines the two major areas of his life as competitions. In his working hours, the Conshohocken resident coaches the men’s basketball team at Gwynedd Mercy College, and every New Year’s Day, he struts up Broad Street in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade.
Baron joined the Hegeman String Band in 1988 as a saxophonist, and New Year’s Day 2012 will be his 12th outing as captain. More than anything, he wants to improve Hegeman’s position in the judging. In 2010, the band placed ninth. Last year, it finished seventh, and on Sunday, Baron hopes to do even better. The Hegeman String Band last took first place in 1995, before Baron became captain, and he hopes one day it will be on top again — if not this year, then soon.
Below is the video of their performance, which came in 6th, and to read the entire story from Colonial News click here.