skip navigation | text only | accessibility | site map
Run of the Mill String Band (The Kennedy Center)

Run of the Mill String Band

Philadelphia's Run of the Mill String Band, an old-time southern Appalachian string band, preserves and performs some of the best traditional American music.  The band is usually comprised of fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass but sometimes they mix it up with two fiddles, fretless banjo, mandolin, banjo-mandolin, steel-guitar, banjo-guitar, and archtop guitar.  Regardless of configuration, Run of the Mill strives to maintain the tradition of the music, while at the same time, making it unique.  They are proud to be part of the greater Philadelphia old-time music scene.Tom Schaffer grew up in Philadelphia with a family that was constantly playing oldies, hymns, and country music.