The Crossroads of America Scout Band is recognized as the OLDEST, continuously operating Scout Band in America! Founded as a Drum and Bugle Corps in 1917 by Mr. F.O. "Chief" Belzer to play at ceremonies at summer camp and other Council functions, the organization evolved into a full band by the early 1920's. The Band has a rich heritage and has toured throughout the United States, Canada and a trip to London, England to celebrate Scouting's 100th anniversary in 2007. The Band will be celebrating Scouting's 100th anniversary in America in 2010 and its own 100th anniversary in 2017!
Have you been a member of the band? If so, please rejoin our group as we are looking for alumni to help us interpret our rich heritage as we near our 100th year!
Database forms have been created to find Band Alumni!
Have you been a member of the Central Indiana Scout Band in the past? Have you been a member of the Crossroads of America Scout Band in the recent past? Then you are definitely Band Alumni and we would very much like to re-connect with you!
Please follow this link to the About the Band Page or use the navigation buttons to find the forms created to help build a database of Band Alumni and Current Band Members. This will help us to reach out to you as we approach our 100th Anniversary of the existence of the Scout Band in Central Indiana. If you wish, you can get notifications or emails about upcoming events and how you can join in the fun as a Band Alumni. So click the link and fill in the form!
We are "Back Home Again in Indiana" from the 2015 150/70/40 U.S. Historic War Anniversary Tour to Gettysburg and Washington DC!
We celebrated the 150th Year Anniversary of the End of the Civil War, the 70th Year Anniversary of the End of WWII, and the 40th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War.
Check the 2015 Tour Page for itinerary and updates with photos of what we were doing and where we have been. Also check out our CrossroadsofAmericaScoutBand Group on Facebook for additional updates by the kids and other parents while we were on tour.
Look at the Music Selections we played on the 2015 Tour!
When Is the Next Scout Band Rehearsal?
We are currently rehearsing music and selections for upcoming concerts. Everyone is welcome to sit it and help out with practice, new youth, old youth and even old scouters! Rehearsals will continue through the Fall every Sunday at 2:00 pm for the Scout Band and at 1:00 pm for the Jazz Band except Holiday Weekends at Saint Lawrence Catholic School Cafeteria.
Youth are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before practice to help set up and remain after practice to put away music books, stands, and chairs.
See You There!
The New Jazz Band is Meeting Every Sunday Again This Winter!!
The Jazz Band has start up rehearsals again this Fall and continue every Sunday at 1:00 pm in Father Cohen Hall, St. Lawrence Catholic School, through the end of the year. Rehearsal starts at 1:00 pm and lasts until 2:00 pm every Sunday of the Month except on holiday weekends. See our schedule on Yahoo Groups for more information or to contact us by email.
If you are ready to play a different style of music or wish to extend your musical range, the Jazz Band might just be for you. This is a new addition requested by the Band Youth. More instruments are needed so contact Mr. Ben or Mr. Bob if you are interested in playing.
Also, Mr. Bob Wiker is asking ideas from the youth to name the new jazz band. If you have any suggestions please see Mr. Bob!
Can you get excited about playing selections from a musically significant era?
Hey Crew 559 Youth!
Don't forget about Crew Meetings every Third Sunday of the Month!
The next Crew Meeting will be held on November 15th. Don't miss your chance to voice your opinion and help out the band!
Will You Be There?
100th Anniversary Planning Committee Needs Your Help!
Are you a parent or Band alumni that has spare time or special skills that you can contribute to our 100th Scout Band Anniversary? The planning committee has met two times now and a date of October 12th at 7pm for the next meeting has been set up. Contact the committee at this email address if you wish to have more information about how to attend and help us out.
There is also rumor that a HUGSBAA Alumni Dinner is being planned to honor all the Scout Band Alumni from the past. Contact Fred Richardson and the HUGSBAA Alumni committee if you wish to have more info about Alumni activities.
We Need Your Help!
Open House on January 31st in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cafeteria. Be there early to help set up and ready to play and host at 2 pm. Jazz Band to practice at 1 pm as usual to help invite new players in. Casual dress, but tour shirts are strongly encouraged! An ice cream social is planned for refreshments!
Anniversary Concert and Alumni Dinner on February 21st starting at 1:30 pm in the Activity Center at Camp Belzer! Come celebrate our 99th year! The Jazz Band will start at 1:50 pm with the Full Band to play around 2:30 pm. The Alumni Dinner will follow the Band Concerts and Program. Band members will help provide pitch-in dishes with the main entree and drinks provided by the Band. Bring tableware if you can and contact Suzy Dinger if you have any questions.
Band members can help set up the stage and seating for the Jazz Band and Full Band either Feb 19th or 20th ahead of time. Check with John Valdez and Bob Wiker about times to help.
Pioneer District Dinner will be held on February 26th. $15 per person to eat dinner with the District. The Band will be providing at least two centerpieces. Jazz Band will be playing at 5:45 pm. Come out to see what awards the Scout Band earns this year!