Accomplishments and noteworthy events of the band include:


· Participation in EVERY National Scout Jamboree 1950 - 1985

· Participation in EVERY Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade from 1957-1992

· Performed for four U.S. Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower,  Johnson and Nixon)

· Performed for the Queen of England

 · Appeared with movie director, Cecil B. DeMills on CBS from the Barnum Circus Festival in Bridgeport, Connecticut

· Performed at three World Fairs (New York twice and Knoxville, Tennessee)

· Maintains a high percentage of Scouts earning the rank of Eagle Scout

· Performed for Maria Von Trapp at the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe, Vermont

· Performed at the US Capitol Building

· Served as band for National Order of the Arrow Conferences for 30+ Years

        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 celebrated 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!

Here is a more comprehensive history from an article draft around the 75th Anniversary era:

       Francis O. Belzer, Indianapolis' first Scout executive, formed a drum and bugle corps in 1917 with Campbell Bailey as director. By 1921, it had expanded into a full band with Henry Schprengfeil, director of the Indianapolis Military Band, as the new director. In 1921, Ray Oster joined as junior director and became director in 1925. Oster, music instructor at Arsenal Technical High School and later St. John's Military Academy, served for 16 years. Succeeding him was Roger Riley from 1941 to 1946. His credentials, a clarinet instructor at Jordan Conservatory, member of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, band instructor in Indianapolis elementary schools and, at the time he was with the Scout Band, he was vice-principal of Broad Ripple High School. He founded the Brass Choir within the band.

    In 1946 Harvey U. Gill, band secretary, stepped in to help find a new director. By 1947 Harvey, professional Scouter, Scoutmaster, and consulting engineer for Buehler Corporation, was the official director and remained so for 28 years. In spite of his inexperience as a director, the band flourished and grew. He instituted the Dixieland Combo, dance band, German Band, and the summer tour. He created the Belzer Band Booster Club to run the business end of the band, and Explorer Post 559 for those young men who have no other scout affiliation. May 8, 1975, Harvey Gill passed away.

      Joe (Smokey) Leavitt then took the reins. He had been a band member since his scouting days. Because of an injury, Joe retired in August, 1978. He was succeeded by other Harvey Gill graduates, Tom Jett and Jim Campbell. During their directorship, the band became coed. Girls joined the Band, and the name was changed from Central Indiana Boy Scout Band to Crossroads of America Scout Band.

      The band was first created to serve at summer camp. In those days, camping at Chank-Tun-un-gi was Army style and everything moved to the tune of the drums and bugles. In 1947 Chank-Tun-un-gi was renamed Camp Belzer. It is one of the oldest Boy Scout reservations in the United States.