PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — He is the youngest captain of a mummer’s string band club ever. An 11-year-old boy takes over the role after his father suddenly died in his sleep.
Fifty-two-year-old Teddy Kudrick of Wallingford died less than a month ago. He was the captain of Duffy string band since 1994, taking over when his father Henry died.READ MORE: Wilmington City Council Passes No-Confidence Vote Against Police Chief Robert Tracy
Now, Teddy’s 11-year-old son Jake will lead the members of the band, including his mother, as the great and powerful OZ along Broad Street on New Years Day.READ MORE: Missing 20-Year-Old Woman's Body Pulled From Schuylkill River In Chester County
Sharon Crowe is Duffy’s presentation director and cousin of Jake.
“He actually came to us and said ‘I’m ready lets do this.’ He is excited, a little overwhelmed I think, but I think he will be happy to do it,” said Sharon Crow, Duffy’s presentation director and cousin to Jake.MORE NEWS: Mayor Jim Kenney Will Have Procedure To Treat Irregular Heartbeat
The third generation captain started marching when he was one-and-a-half years old, the same age his dad participated in his first parade.