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Marty Portnoy, 92, longtime Philly band leader

January 19, 2018 GMT

By Staff

Martin Portnoy, 92, a bandleader whose orchestra performed for decades at Philadelphia affairs ranging from weddings to Liberty Medal ceremonies, died Thursday from kidney-related disease at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Voorhees.

The Marty Portnoy Orchestra, a longtime fixture in Center City ballrooms and thousands of events around the region, played at the Liberty Medal ceremonies for Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk in 1993 and Vaclav Havel in 1994. His band performed at a birthday party for Frank Sinatra in Atlantic City, his family said.

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