ABOUT THE DOWNTOWNERS

2017 Officers of the Downtowners Fancy Brigade

CAPTAIN
Anthony Stagliano, Jr.
HALL OF FAME 2014

CO-CAPTAIN
Hucky Wolfinger

TREASURER
Adam Przybyszewski

PRESIDENT
Rich Francis, Jr.

1st VICE PRESIDENT
Joey Campbell

FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Shawn Holmes

RECORDING SECRETARY
Anthony Rivera

 

THEME COORDINATOR
Mike Yurkow

2nd VICE PRESIDENT
Kris Fine

BUSINESS AGENT
Vinny Przybyszewski, Jr.

STEWARD
Jerry Smith

B.O.D. CHAIRMAN
Domenic D’Alonzo
HALL OF FAME 2009

FOUNDER & CAPTAIN EMERITUS
Bill Isaacs, Sr.

CAPTAIN & B.O.D. CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Jim Julia
HALL OF FAME 1994


HISTORY

It all started in 1959 when, after taking First Prize in a special mention category, a Brigade led by their now legendary Hall of Fame Captain Bill Isaacs was accepted into the Fancy Brigade Division of the Mummers Parade. The name chosen for this new Brigade was “Downtowners". The Brigade's first 3 years of competition failed to produce a top 10 showing. Although not achieving success in the early years, an attitude and character was forming which would be the foundation of one of the most innovative and successful Brigades on Broad Street.

The Downtowners won their first championship in 1964 with "Coronation". The Brigade repeated as champions in 1965 with "Genghis Khan and the Mongols". After a 9th place finish in 1966, the Brigade won two more back to back championships in 1967 and 1968 with "Trooping the Colors" and "Tomahawk to Peacepipe". After only nine years of existence the Downtowners had won 4 First Prizes and became, in the words of Captain Bill Isaacs, "the ones to beat".


HALL OF FAME

Through the years, many members have contributed to the success of our Brigade. Some have made a lasting mark. In recognition of their long time dedicated service and extraordinary contributions to our organization, the following members have been honored with election into theDowntowners Fancy Brigade “HALL OF FAME”

 

1979 Bill Isaacs, Sr.
1980 Harry Wolfheimer
1981 Bob Galvin
1982 Rich Lipscomb
1983 Al Lipscomb
1984 Joe Campbell Sr.
1986 Rich Herron Sr.
1987 John Campbell
1988 Jack Murray
1990 Joe Boyle
1992 Joe Saggio
1993 Charlie Ward
1994 Jim Julia Sr.
1995 Bob Hassel
1996 Andy Bader
1997 John Venuto

 

2001 John Murray, Sr.
2002 Jim Davis Sr.
2003 Frank DeVito
2004 Dennis C. Connelly
2005 Jim Van-Arsdale Sr.
2006 Joe Campbell Jr.
2007 John Fratto
2008 Mike “Biz” Vizzarri
2009 Domenic D’Alonzo
2011 Tim Boyle
2012 Jim Hough
2013 Jack Sanborn
2014 Anthony Stagliano
2015 Joe Collins
2016 Francis Wozniak, Sr.