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 has celebrated 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 continue into the next 100 years!
UPDATE on COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Situation - Rehearsals and Concerts
In keeping with recommendations and precautions from the President of the United States, the Governor of Indiana, and the National BSA Headquarters and the updated policies in dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Delta Variant and the new Omicron Variant, it has been decided to conduct rehearsals following all current guidelines for safety.
To keep everyone safe the Scout Band is recommending that all playing members, family, and guests wear masks to all events and practice social distancing. Follow signs and instructions as you arrive to each event to ensure social distancing protocols are followed. When we start playing, wind and brass players will be allowed to remove their mask while the director and percussion keep their masks on during practice and concerts. For now all events will be held at St. Lawrence in the Gym and may be held outside, weather permitting, with spaced out seating and seperate areas for family and guests.
We also ask that you check your temperature before attending and if you feel sick please stay at home.
Current Schedule for August:
Practices will resume September 11th on Sundays, 2 pm inside at Saint Lawrence in the upstairs Gym in Father Cohen Hall following current social distancing and mask wearing recommendations.
Jazz Band Practice will suspended for the summer months. Look for notices when the Cool Crew Jazz Band will start practices again in the Fall.
Did You Miss Our Annual Open House?
Join us at any rehearsal and bring your instrument to play with us!
Every Sunday excluding holidays at 2:00pm
Enter the East Doors of Father Cohen Hall and proceed upstairs to the Gymnasium.
Join us and find out why joining the Scout Band is so much fun!
We Hope to See You There!
August 6th Tyler's Eagle Court of Honor
August 6th Tyler and three of his fellow Scouts will be receiving their Eagle Rank in their Troop's Eagle Court of Honor. The Band has been asked to play and will report at noon at the Saint Luke's Methodist Church at 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis and set up to play at 12:45pm. Uniform of the day will be Class "A" Uniforms. We plan to play for the 15 minutes before the ceremonies and then about 10 minutes after.
August 14th Scout Band Annual Picnic and BBBC Meeting
Our Annual Picnic and Awards will be held at Camp Belzer on Sunday, August 14th with swimming activities starting around 11 am at the Belzer Pool and the Picnic dinner starting at 2 pm. The BBBC meeting will start around 3 pm for the election of officers for the BBBC Board of Directors, the election of the youth Crew leadership along with the awarding of the Scouter Award, F.O. Belzer Award, and the Harvey U. Gill Youth Award. Don't forget we have a cake and pie auction and the youth have their Band Bucks auction as well. The pitch-in dinner will start around 5:00 pm. The BBBC usually provides the meat entree, and will provide basic drinks (i.e. Lemonade, Tea, etc). Please plan to bring another pitch-in item such as a side dish or dessert to share with everyone else. Check back often or log onto the Facebook Group for the Scout Band to see the latest updates.
Our 2022 Great Lakes Tour Was A Big Success!
The Scout Band's 2022 Great Lakes Tour went to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin where we visited the shores of all five Great Lakes. The Band toured and played from Camp Belzer to the Tall Ships Tour, Fort Niagra and Niagra Falls, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Henry Ford Museum, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, The National Railroad Museum, and Holland State Park, then back home again to Camp Belzer. The Tour started on July 2nd and lasted through July 9th, 2022! You can see our Tour crews photos and postings on our Facebook Group for the Scout Band
This was a Tour that you shouldn't have missed!
We are Celebrating our 105th Year - Check out Our Upcoming Events and Concerts
Check the Schedule of Events for our Planned Calendar!
Due to cancellations and postponing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Schedule of Events may not be accurate. Stay tuned to this website, our Facebook Group, Calling Posts, and emails for any planned activities and last minute changes in our schedule.
We Now Have A Youtube Channel!
Loyde has put in a lot of work to create the Youtube Channel. Check out our concert music at this link.
WE ARE ONLINE AS SCOUTBAND.ORG!!
The Scoutband.org Domain name has been put into full effect and better represents our non-for-profit Scouting based celebration of music and Scouting history in the Central Indiana area. If you are used to typing in Scoutband.com you will still get and error, so don't forget to type in Scoutband.org in your web browser's URL box to get back to this page!
All of the original content from the Scoutband.com site is preserved and accessible on Scoutband.org and will be enhanced in the coming years. We hope to someday re-aquire the Scoutband.com Domain name to use again to help those who are struggling with our updated URL. Please contact Ben Cockrum, our Webmaster, with any questions or concerns. We know there will be some missing or broken links, but these will be found and worked out to bring everyone in the Scout Band community a better online experience.
Jazz Band Rehearsals
Come join us if you are interested in a different kind of music from an earlier era. Jazz Band Rehearsals start at 1:00 pm every first and third Sunday for the Jazz Band with Full Band Rehearsal following at 2:00 pm every Sunday through the end of the year. The Jazz Band has start up rehearsals again this Fall in Father Cohen Hall, St. Lawrence Catholic School. Rehearsal starts at 1:00 pm and lasts until 2:00pm, EXCEPT on holiday weekends.
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.
Service Project at City Street Median Continues
The current schedule is the second and fourth Sunday after rehearsals and may be scheduled special times as announced at rehearsals. The Scout Band Youth help give service hours to the City of Lawrence by pulling weeds, trimming around trees, picking up trash, and planting new flowers please get in contact with John Valdez. Also, if you are interested in earning the Landscaping Merit Badge on the days we go to the Median see John Valdez.
Hey Crew 559 Youth!
Don't forget about Crew Meetings every Third Sunday of the Month!
The Crew Meeting's will be held every third Sunday after Full Band Rehearsal. Don't miss your chance to voice your opinion and help out the band!
After the 100th Anniversary we are still accepting photos and memorbilia.
Do you have photographs and snapshots of Scout Band concerts and events that you would like to share with the Anniversary Committee? Send an email to this email address and you will be given instructions how to upload to their DropBox site.
Don't Miss Out on Our 105th Year Festivities!!!
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 a 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 share 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!
Commemorative Brick Pavers are Still 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? We will be building a Paver Mall in front of the Craig Band Hut at Camp Belzer.
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.