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.
Please Note May 8th is Mother's Day and June 19 is Father's Day and no Scout Band or Jazz Band rehearsal will be held!
The "Cool Crew" Jazz Band is Meeting Every Sunday Again This Spring!!
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.
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 been meeting on the first Monday of every month.. Contact the committee at this email address if you wish to have more information about how to attend and help us out.
The HUGSBAA Alumni Dinner held during the Annual Concert on February 21st was a great success. Alumni and band members heard from Mr. Norris Archer, the oldest known Scout Band Alumni. There was also roll call 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.
Do you have photographs and snapshots of Scout Band concerts and events that you would like to share with the 100th Anniversary Committee? Send an email to this email address and you will be given instructions how to upload to their DropBox site.
Commemorative Brick Pavers are Now On Sale!
Would you like to remember a loved one? Remember the special years you were in the band? Show support of individuals, groups and the future of the band?
You can purchase pavers for only $100 each for the new Scout Band’s Paver Mall! The paver mall will be located in front of the Craig Band Hut at Camp Belzer. Your $100 purchase includes a 4”x8” paver with two  lines of characters [Letters, punctuation, spaces] 18 characters maximum on each line. For an additional $5.00 you can have a third line on the paver.
You, your family, friends, and business associates can add to the Paver Mall today! Contact a BBBC Board Member to see a sample.
Order directly from this WUFOO Form and PAY with a credit card on the secure order site or download and print off this Commemorative Paver Order Form and mail it or hand it to a BBBC Board Member or 100th Anniversary Committee Member.
Concerts in the Month of April
April 25th Short Concert and Petting Zoo for Pack 427: At 7:00 pm on Monday in Father Cohen Hall at Saint Lawrence Catholic School the Scout Band has been requested to play a short concert and host an instrument petting zoo for the Cub Scouts in Pack 427. Band members please show up 30 minutes early to help set up and get into Class "A" uniforms.
Concerts in the Month of May
May 7th Mini Marathon Concert: Starting at 7:00 am at the corner of Maryland Ave. and Schumacher Way the Scout Band will be playing for the 44th Running of the Indy 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. This is the 17th year that the Scout Band has played for the Mini. We will be playing for up to 45 minutes with 5 to 10 minute breaks between races.
Band members must show up BEFORE 5:30 am as they close the access roads to this site at that time. Parking is available across the street at Victory Field parking lot. See Bob Wiker for a parking pass for your car.
May 15th Eagle Court of Honor Concert: At approximately 3:00 pm in the Golden Burke Scout Office. the Scout Band will be playing for John Brentlinger and Lalit Maharjan and up to three of their friends in Troop 276 as they get their Eagle Rank. Band members please show up 1 hour early to help set up and get into Class "A" uniforms.
May 29th Marching Parade at The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500: Indy 500 RACE Weekend
Race day is Sunday, May 25 and our friends from around the Crossroads of America Council, along with Scout Troops from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will be joining us for the weekend beginning Friday, May 23rd. Anyone from the band is invited (and encouraged) to come and join us as we host our visitors for the weekend. NO PETS are allowed at Camp Belzer and each camper must have a buddy or group to tent/bunk with. The Scout Band will not be responsible for providing a buddy. We will have breakfast on Saturday morning and a pitch-in dinner with meat provided on Saturday evening . Lunch will be on your own. The day's activities will vary as some will head downtown to watch the parade while others may want to stay back at camp and work on merit badges or other activities and projects.
On race morning (Sunday) if you want to participate at the 500 RACE pre race pageant — you must be at Camp Belzer no later than 4:45 AM! We will be boarding buses and leaving camp to rendezvous with other bands that are participating in the pre-race show. Belzer will be the only pick up and return location for the race. Cost for the bus on race day is $25.00 per person.
This will also cover meals on Saturday if you are staying with us then. NO PERSONAL VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED TO TRAVEL WITH THE BUSES AND TRUCK IN THE ESCORTED CARAVAN! Buses will return to Camp Belzer approximately two (2) hours after the race is over. In the past we have returned to Camp Belzer around 5:30—6:00 PM.
A permission slip MUST be filled out for ALL participants and turned in prior to boarding the bus. If you are NOT returning with the band after the race we must have a SIGNED statement from your parent/guardian or you will NOT be permitted to leave by yourself. It is preferred that the person who is meeting you meets us in the bus parking area inside Gate 9A (Northwest Turn 4 area) after we finish performing.
Uniform of the Day is Class "A"s, Boy Scout green pants, Venture Crew dark green shirt (extra shirts available from the Band Truck), green socks, dark shoes, etc for marching around the track, but bring a change of clothing to watch and participate in the Race Day activities. Also, be prepared and don't forget to bring a hat, sun screen, sun glasses, and a rain poncho.
Stay tuned for more information coming out through Calling Posts and rehearsal announcements about the the Month of May activities. Be prepared to start marching practice on the weekend of April 24th.
Concerts in the Month of June
June 12th Full Band Concert for Girl Scouts: On June 12th we will be playing a concert for the Girl Scouts Bridging Ceremony at Oaklandon United Methodist Church at 3:00 pm with a report time of 2:15 pm