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!
Join us for OPEN HOUSE!
January 25th is our Annual Open House at St. Lawrence Catholic School.
If you received a postcard in the mail we warmly welcome you to bring your instrument and play with us!
If you play a band instrument (woodwind, brass, or percussion) we invite you to join us Sunday, January 26th and be part of the fun we have planned for this year! Bring your parents along too and we will meet with them and fill them in on the band's plans, its past and its future. Your musical ability can be anywhere from beginner to "pro" - we have them all in the band. If you are new to your instrument this is a great place to strengthen your musical ability and work in some extra practice time (you know your school band director will love the sound of that!)
Any Scout-aged boy (11-18 years old) or Venture Crew or Explorer aged male or female (14-21 years old) is eligible to be a member of the band. If you have an older brother or sister (or Mom or Dad) who also plays an instrument but is not registered in Scouting , they can join the Band's Venture Crew 559 and enjoy the extra opportunity to share their musical talents.
Join us as we celebrate our 98th Year of Continuous Operation in Central Indiana! All YOU have to do to be a part of this great organization is to show up Sunday, January 25th! If you can't join us on the 25th, be sure and visit any Sunday at the same time and location, Except Sunday, February 22nd when we will be performing our Annual Scout Band Anniversary Concert.
Our usual location is Saint Lawrence Catholic School at the corner of 46th Street and Shadeland Avenue in the middle building on the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church and School campus. Parking and the best entrace door is usually on the west side in the rear of the building. We are usually set up in the lower level cafeteria down the stairs and through a set of doors. An elevator is located on the east side of the building for those who need it. Dress casual for rehearsals and this Open House but don't forget your instrument!
We look forward to meeting you on the 25th!
February 22nd is our Annual Scout Band Anniversary Concert!
All new and current Band members, Band Alumni, parents, and guests are welcome to join us for our celebration of 98 Years of Scout Band History! Please join us at the Activity Center at Camp Belzer located at 6102 Boy Scout Road, Indianapolis, Indiana at 2:00 pm. Check back for more details on this important annual concert and celebration.
We have been "Back Home Again in Indiana" from the 2014 Pensacola Tour of the Deep South last Summer!
Last Year's Scout Band Tour is took us to Pensacola Florida through the Deep South on July 12th through 19th with stops at Graceland; Mobile, Alabama to see the USS Alabama; Pensacola, Florida to see the Museum of Naval Aviation and visit the Blue Angels home base. Then on to Destin, Florida at Camp Gulf and downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
Check the 2014 Tour Page for itinerary and updates with photos of what we are 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 are on tour.
Rehearsals Continuing This Winter!
Join us at St. Lawrence Catholic School on Sunday afternoons in the Father Cohen Hall starting at 2:00 pm as we continue to practice for the Winter season. If you haven't been to rehearsal in a while, we are at the corner of 46th Street and Shadeland Avenue in the middle building on the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church and School campus. Parking and the best entrace door is usually on the west side in the rear of the building. We are usually set up in the lower level cafeteria down the stairs and through a set of doors. An elevator is located on the east side of the building for those who need it.
Find out what music we are learning for the next Band season or stop by to catch up with Band Alumni. We would love to see you again!
Due to the Holiday Season rehearsal will not be held on December 21st and 28th, and will start up in the New Year on January 4th.
We hope to see you there!
The New Jazz Band Will Meet Next on December 14th, January 11th & 25th!
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 in addition to the Dixieland Band. A lot more instruments parts are needed so contact Mr. Ben or Mr. Bob if you are intereseted in playing.
Rehearsal starts at 1:00 pm and lasts until 2:00 pm every Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month except on holiday weekends. See our schedule on Yahoo Groups for more information or to contact us by email.
Can you get excited about playing selections from a musically significant era?
Dixieland Band Will Meet Next on January 18th!
If you wish to extend your musical range or would like to play different music, the Dixieland Band is for you. We need more players to help round out our unique ensemble that has been apart of the Crossroads of America Scout Band history.
Rehearsal starts at 1:00 pm and lasts until 2:00 pm every Third Sunday of the Month except on holiday weekends. See our schedule on Yahoo Groups for more information or contact us by email.
Be prepared to play fun and exciting music from a musically historic 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 January 18th. Don't miss your chance to voice your opinion and help out the band!