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!
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!
Annual Picnic and Awards on August 2nd
Our Annual Picnic and Awards will be held at Camp Belzer's Activity Center on Sunday, August 2nd with activities starting around 1:30 pm. This year we have a very special treat! The Scout Band's very own Jazz Band will play a concert at the Belzer Activity Center around 1:30 pm. After the concert will be the start of the BBBC meeting and election of officers for the BBBC and the youth Crew. Don't forget we have a cake and pie aution and the youth have their Band Bucks aution as well. The pitch-in dinner will start around 5:00 pm. Usually the BBBC provides the meat entree with a pitch-in from everyone else. Plan to bring a side dish or dessert. Check back often or log onto Yahoo Groups to see the latest updates on the new day and time.
Concerts at your Indiana State Fair on August 8th!
We have been asked back again to host the Scout Legacy Area on Saturday, August 8th from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm at the Indiana State Fair. Contact Michelle Carroll if you can work one of the activity booths. Her contact email and phone number can be found on the Yahoo Groups site. Parents are especially encouraged to help out with this to allow youth to play in the concerts. Typical work schedules are 4hours long with breaks during the Scout Band concerts but work times can be flexible if need be. There will be opportunities to enjoy the rest of the State Fair before or after your scheduled work time or concerts.
The Scout Band will have two concerts at the pavilion in the Scout Legacy Area with the first one to start at 11:00 am and the second one to start at 3:30 pm. Band members, please plan to arrive 45 minutes early to the Scout Legacy site for each concert you plan to play. Uniform of the Day will be Class "A"s, Boy Scout green pants, Venture Crew dark green shirt (extra shirts available from the Band Truck), green socks, dark shoes, etc.
Also, the Jazz Band will play one of their first concerts at 1:30 pm. Jazz Band members should arrive at the Scout Pavilion 45 minutes early to be prepared to play.
See Mr. Bob Wiker for tickets and parking information to gain entrace into the State Fair.
Anniversary Concert for Troop 133 on August 9th!
We have been asked by Troop 133 to play a concert for them to celebrate their 75th Anniversary as a Boy Scout Troop in the Crossroads of America Council. They will be having their Anniversary Celebration at Camp Belzer's Activity Center. Band members please arrive around 3:15 pm to unload the truck be ready to play around 4:00 pm. Some of the Troop 133 Boy Scouts will be sitting in with us. There might be a program and celebration dinner starting after our concert, but we are currently not required to stay.
Concert for President Harrison Wreath-Laying Ceremony on August 15th!
It is that time of year again that we play a concert for the graveside ceremonies honoring the birthday of Indiana's United States President, Benjamin Harrison. This ceremony will be held at President Harrison's Memorial at Crown Hill Cemetery located on 3400 Boulevard Place, Indianapolis, IN. Follow the white line after entering the gates to the Harrison Memorial location. Check out the Crown Hill Cemetery website for more details.
Report time at Crown Hill Cemetery is 9:45 am with concert at 10:30 am. Uniform of the Day will be Class "A"s. Plan to play or attend to honor our 23rd President.
When Is the Next Scout Band Rehearsal?
Rehearsals for Scout Band will start up on September 13th at 2:00 pm and Jazz Band at 1:00 pm.
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 minutes before practice to help set up and remain after practice to put away music books, stands, and chairs.
See You There!
Fall Festival and Concert at St. Lawrence Catholic Church
On September 20th St. Lawrence Catholic Church community will be hosting their annual Fall Festival in the parking lot at the St. Lawrence campus. The Scout Band is tentatively planning to play a concert at 2 pm on one of the concert stages to say thanks to the St. Lawrence Catholic community for being our charter organization. Band members please plan to arrive around 1:15 pm to find a place to park and set up for the concert. Go to the Saint Lawrence website to see their schedule for the Fall Festival to find out more information.
The New Jazz Band is Meeting Every Sunday Starting Again This Fall!!!
The Jazz Band will start up rehearsals again on September 13th and continue every Sunday thereafter at 1:00 pm in Father Cohen Hall, St. Lawrence Catholic School, through the end of Summer. Our very first concert has bee scheduled for the Annual Picnic on August 2nd, 2015 with another concert to be held at the Indiana State Fair so please plan to attend this rehearsal to get the latest about music arrangements and parts for the concerts.
Here are the details for the first upcomming Jazz Band concerts:
- August 2nd, Annual Picnic with a report time of 1:00 pm to play at 1:30 pm to be held at the Camp Belzer Activity Center with the Annual Picnic activities to follow.
- August 8th, Indiana State Fair Scout Legacy Area with a report time of 1:00 pm to play around 1:30 pm in conjuction with the regular Scout Band concerts at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm
Uniforms will be Class "A" uniforms for both concerts unless notifited otherwise.
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.
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.
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 Tour. 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 been formed and a date of August 10th at 7pm for the first 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.