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 Celebrating our 100th Year Anniversary!!! - Are you excited about the upcoming events and concerts?
Mark your Calendar!!! The 100th Anniversary Encampment is planned for the first weekend of July 2nd through July 8th, 2017 at Camp Belzer and will include the 100th Anniversary Concert on July 7, 2017 Sign up now to be a part of Scout Band History!
Check back often for updates of more concerts and celebration events specifically for the 100th Anniversary!
Don't Miss Out on the 100th Year Festivities!
Calendar of Events for the Month of April
April 16th - Sunday - EASTER HOLIDAY - NO REHEARSALS 1 PM and 2 PM
Calendar of Events for the Month of May!
500 Mini Marathon Concert Saturday May 6th Morning
The band is once again part of the 120+ entertainment groups for the 35,000 runners of the largest 1/2 marathon race! Our band’s website will be linked to the 500’s website: 500festival.com — we will also be listed in print media and other announcements related to the mini. We anticipate that we will be located again this year in entertainment spot #1 — just beyond the start of the race. The location is on Washington Street and Schumacher Way — just north of Victory Field. The last several years we were able to park in Victory Field’s parking lot and should be able to do so again this year. Please see Shirley Wiker for a parking pass to post in your windshield to be able to park in their lot and make sure to see Bill Scholfield to sign up for the Mini-Marathon Concert.
Please plan ahead and arrive before 5:45 AM as the the streets around the race course particularly in the immediate area where the Band will be located will be shutting down to traffic early by 6:00 am with the first race starting at 6:30 AM. You will need to plan to approach Victory Field from the West rather than from the North or South or East. The marshalling area for the 35,000 runners will be just south of Washington Street on West Street. We will play CONTINUOUSLY as the runners and walkers go by for each — primarily playing Yankee Doodle / Grand Old Flag / This is My Country and maybe Hogan’s Heroes. We should be finished by 9:30— 9:45 AM — make sure your parents have made arrangements for a meeting location as streets will probably still be closed to traffic. Keep in mind if you don’t park at Victory Field and park outside of the race course area the streets may remain closed after the runners have passed our location.
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. Bring a jacket just in case it is cool in the early morning.
May 28th Pre-Race Marching Pagentry at The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500
Indy 500 RACE Weekend Encampment at Camp Belzer
Race day is Sunday, May 28 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 26th and may stay until Monday, May 29th. 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 23th.
Dress in Class "A" Uniforms for all Concerts (Venture Crew Shirt, Green Scout Pants, Dark Shoes, Dark Socks, Scout Belt - Shirts and Pants available in the Scout Band Truck if needed)
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 2016 Western Tour!
We went to Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, and Wyoming where we visited many interesting monuments in the Black Hills, and learned about Lewis and Clark and Abe Lincoln.
Check the 2016 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 2016 Tour!
When Is the Next Scout Band Rehearsal?
Note: No Rehearsal on April 16th EASTER HOLIDY, May 14th Mother's Day, and June 18th Father's Day
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 resume on September 11 and continue through the year 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, 46th Street and Shadeland Ave.
Extended Rehearsals may start on June 4th through to 25th on Sundays to practice for the Dixieland Band, German Band, Brass Choir, Flute Quartet, Sax Ensemble, along with the normal Jazz Band and Full Band Rehearsals.
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.
The "Cool Crew" Jazz Band is Meeting Every Sunday!!
The Jazz Band has start up rehearsals again this Fall and continue every Sunday at 1:00pm in Father Cohen Hall, St. Lawrence Catholic School, through the end of the year. Rehearsal starts at 1:00 pm and lasts until 2:00pm 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 Cool Crew Jazz Band might just be for you. This is a new addition requested by the Band Youth. More instruments are needed so contact Janet Foster or Mr. Ben if you are interested in playing.
Hey Crew 559 Youth!
Don't forget about Crew Meetings every Third Sunday of the Month!
The next Crew Meeting will be held on October 16th. Don't miss your chance to voice your opinion and help out the band!
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.