By John McDevitt

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.