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The Crossroads of America Scout Band is the OLDEST Scout Band in the United States and the SECOND OLDEST continuously operating Scout Band in the World.

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  April, and May:

Did You Miss Our Annual Open House?
Join us at any rehearsal and bring your instrument to play with us!


St. Lawrence Catholic School


Every Sunday 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!

No Rehearsals on the Holidays!

No Rehearsal on April 17th in observation of the Easter Religious Holiday

Enjoy the Easter Holiday with your family!

No Rehearsal on May 8th in observation of Mother's Day Holiday

Do Something Nice for Your Mother!

Rehearsals This Spring Are Continuing!

Practices continue on Sundays, 2 pm inside at Saint Lawrence in the upstairs Gym in Father Cohen Hall following current social distancing and mask wearing recommendations.

Rehearsals are currently scheduled for April 3rd, 10th, and 24th, May 1st, 15th, and 22nd.

Jazz Band Practice will continue for the first and third Sunday of the month so the next ones will be held on April 3rd, May 1st, and 15th starting at 1 pm. Please show up 15 minutes to help set up.

We Hope To See You There!

Upcoming Concerts

No Concerts are scheduled until May

Mini Marathon and Encampment at Belzer on Race Weekend coming in the month of May!

500 Mini Marathon Concert May 7th, 2022!

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 Festival Website — 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 Janet Foster 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 race starting at 7:00 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 — primarily playing Yankee Doodle / Grand Old Flag / This is My Country and 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.

Our 2020 Hawaii Tour Was A Big Success

The Scout Band Tour was in Hawaii to celebrate and honor the 80th Anniversary of the Invasion of Pearl Harbor. We left from the Indianapolis International Airport for our flight out to Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, June 20th, 2021. We arrived at Honolulu International Airport where our Tour Guide, Gil, greeted us with a Hawaiian lay before taking us by bus to our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn on Waikiki Beach. We played concerts at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial site, the Pearl Harbor Avation Museum, and Camp Pupukea. We also toured the Ohau island inclduing a hike up to the top of Diamond Head Crater. 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.


The 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 you will still get and error, so don't forget to type in in your web browser's URL box to get back to this page!

All of the original content from the site is preserved and accessible on and will be enhanced in the coming years. We hope to someday re-aquire the 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 [2] 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.

Check back often for updates!