State Fair Parade

The band will be marching in the State Fair's "Southwest Airlines Daily Parade" Sunday, August 12th. The parade steps off at 6:30 P.M. from the area near the swine barn and we should be done by 7:00 P.M.. Please report for the parade at the east end of the swine barn by 5:45 P.M. to get uniformed and so we will know how to arrange the band.

Those that MARCH with us will receive a ticket to the fair....parents, and brothers and sisters can come as well, but will need to purchase tickets. Please call Bob Wiker at 356-9678 or Bill Schofield at 542-8057 (Bill will not be in town until after Thursday 8/9) to arrange to get your ticket. Tickets ARE NOT available when you arrive to the fairgrounds, you must have them before the 12th.

Those that have participated in the past years have come early in the day to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the fair and then march in the parade that evening. Let's have a good showing for this first event of our new program year.

Dixieland to Perform at Kickoffs

The Dixieland Band will help kickoff the program year at Pathfinder's and Pioneer's Kickoff Thursday, August 9th. The first performance will be for the Pathfinder District Kickoff at 6:30 P.M. at Greenwood Middle School and then travel to Irvington Presbyterian Church for Pioneer District's Kickoff at 7:30 P.M..

If you want to sit in with the Dixieland Band call Debbie at 329-1819 (NEW NUMBER).

Annual Picnic August 19th

The band's annual picnic, election of officers (both youth and adult), and awards presentation will be at Camp Belzer, Gyro Center Sunday, August 19th at 4:30 P.M.. We will NOT be doing a concert this year so we can enjoy fun times with new and old friends, reflect on the summer tour, make plans for the next tour and present tenure awards plus the Harvey U. Gill Award to a youth member and the F.O. Belzer Award to an adult member. The youth will also be presenting their Good Scout Awards.

The band will furnish hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and drinks. Every family is asked to bring at least two dishes (salads, vegetables, desserts, etc.) and their own tableware. We had close to 100 people at last years picnic -- so plan accordingly.

The Cake / Pie auction has been a great success and a lot of fun for everyone the last couple of years and the Board has decided to do a live auction again this year -- or own Bob Wiker will be the auctioneer. If you bring a cake or pie to be auctioned check in with Sylvia when you arrive. Be sure to bring your $ to bid, and all proceeds go into the band's general fund.

Dues for the BBBC will be collected at the picnic as well -- dues are $5.00 per adult that wishes to belong to the Belzer Band Booster Club.

We will have an auction for the youth to use their band bucks and the last item to be auctioned will be an expense paid tour for 2002!

After the auction, the annual band awards will be presented and election of officers for the BBBC and the youth officers of Crew 559 will be conducted. If you have any questions, call Bill at 542-8057.
Miller / Wheat Wedding
Deborah Lynn Miller and Lewis Edward Wheat with their parents, extend an invitation to the band as they unite in marriage Saturday, August 11 at 1:30 P.M.. The wedding will be held at Meadlawn Christian Church, 4301 Spann Avenue.

Their new address is 5056 Winterberry Drive #A; Indianapolis, IN 46254. Phone number is 317-329-1819.

Congratulations and best wishes in your years ahead!

Baldwin's Have baby Boy

In July Matt and Christy Baldwin were blessed with the arrival of their first baby boy. From the reports received, all are doing fine and adjusting to their new lives. If you wish to send them a note, their address is 15 Slocum Avenue; Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

Congratulations mom and dad!

Schofield / Schofield Wedding

Don't adjust your bifocals -- you are reading correctly. Bill and Sylvia Schofield are remarrying and everyone is invited to the wedding. Some have said that Bill is getting smarter in his old age, and shouldn't have let this one go in the first place!

The wedding is Saturday, September 22 at 5:00 P.M. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 7879 North Carroll Road (also known as 700 West or East County Line Road). Easiest way to find the church is to go east on Pendleton Pike to Carroll Road and turn left (north) over the RR tracks. Just past the 4 way stop the church is on the right side.

A reception will follow at the Gyro Center, Camp Belzer, 6102 Boy Scout Road. Please RSVP to 897-3809 if you can attend the wedding or reception. We would really like to share this special occasion with our friends and family.

There is still discussion whether or not Bill & Sylvia will be at the Colts game on the 23rd!

2001 Tour Enjoyed by All

From the reports received and the evaluations turned in by this years tour attendees, everyone had a great time. We enjoyed great weather and were actually able to have some free time and lay back and relax for a change. (Some didn't know what to do with this extra time!)

The boat ride on the New River was great, but several folks had 2nd thoughts when they saw the Tram that had to be taken down to the river!. And crossing the New River Bridge was not as much fun without Sylvia, but Ms. Jeanne did a fine job in Sylvia's place (is the steering wheel straightened out yet from your white knuckle grip?)

The concerts at the Scout camps went well, several comments have been received since our return from folks that enjoyed the fact we stopped along the way to entertain them. The food at the camps was a notch above the trail lunches from Philmont last year.

Everyone decided that the Biltmore Estate was in fact THEIR new home. It's hard to imagine that all these activities took place almost two months ago! And now, it's time to start thinking about next year!

2002 Tour Is in the Planning Stage

An unscientific survey of the 2001 tour members show the consensus of the group likes the "challenging" and "one-of-a-kind" trips that we have done the last few years. Time, cost and distance is not an issue. With three options presented, the one that received the biggest support will be our target for 2002.

A ten-day trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada is being formulated for 2002. Mr. Mike has had extensive travel in this area with chartered groups and is looking forward to working with us on this trip.

TENTATIVE dates planned are to leave Friday morning June 28 and return the evening of Sunday, July 7. Cost would be between $600.00 - $650.00 per person. We will plan to take one (1) bus with 50 people maximum (playing members of the band have preference), after 50 have signed up and paid the deposit, a waiting list will be kept. IF there are 50 to make a second bus feasible and cost effective, then it would be added

Applications will be available at the picnic August 19.

RCA Dome Season has Started

The new RCA Dome season has officially started. The band worked it's first non required event on Saturday, July 28 for the DCI Drum & Bugle Corps competition. With that start, the season kicks into high gear.

On Saturday, August 11 the first home preseason game against Seattle kicks off. We tried to get a pass on this game since we will be attending the Miller/Wheat wedding that same day. Unfortunately, another group has not been found to take our place so we will need to have full staff at both the main booth (142) and the Nacho Express stand. If you can work, please call Sylvia at 897-3809. Report time is 4:30 P.M. for the workers, kick off is at 7:00.

That same week N Sync will be performing on Thursday, August 16. Only the big booth will be open for this event. Report time is 5 P.M.

And to finish the week off, the last home preseason game is Saturday, August 18 against Detroit. Report time is 4:30 P.M.

The regular season starts on Sunday, September 16 with a game against Denver. Report time should be 9:30 A.M. (Kick off is at noon.)

The next home game is Sunday September 23 against Buffalo. That is a noon game as well, so report time should be 9:30 A.M.. (We probably will be a couple people short for this game too because of a wedding on the 22nd).

Other dates to mark on your calendar for the season: October 6 - Circle city Classic; October 14 & 21 - Colts; October 27 ISSMA Marching Band Finals; November 10 - Bands of America - National Competition; November 11 & 25 - Colts; November 17 - Thunder Drags; December 16 & 23 - Colts; December 22 IU vs UK Basketball.

If you can work any of these dates or would like additional information about what we do at the dome, please call Sylvia at 897-3809 or 542-8057.

Remember at least $25.00 goes into your son or daughter's personal account (or yours) for each event worked....this goes a long way to paying for tour or other band activities.

Kudos (for several months)

Everyone who participated in the 500 Parade and race in May. We had a total of 141 marching on the track this year! We received an impressive picture of our band and flag corps marching down the track. They will be available at the picnic to review.

Buddy McLaren, and Lewis Wheat for helping get the truck loaded and ready for tour departure.

Ms. Jeannie and Mr. Mike for another great and safe ride this year on tour!

All 2001 Tour participants -- you handled yourselves well and once again showed Scouting in its best light as we travel the country.

Matt and Stephan Gardebled who were recruited at our open house in January and have been active members since joining. Their father has been transferred back to Louisiana and they will be making the move back this Fall. We wish them well and will keep the welcome mat out whenever you are back this way.

Randy Auble for loaning us the stands we took on tour.

Peg Murphy for stepping up and taking Sylvia's job making sure everyone got their medicine when needed on tour.

Mary Jane Smock for another outstanding job in doing our laundry on tour and making sure everyone was in the right uniform!

Debbie Miler and Tom O'Nan for overseeing the Dixieland Band and making sure enough players are available for scheduled performances.

Carl Wiker for obtaining items for auctions and acquiring donuts and other goodies for the race weekend and tour departure.

Bob Wiker for taking care of the parade responsibilities for the 4th of July.

August Dates

9 Dixieland Performances at Pathfinder and Pioneer District Kickoff (article - page 1)
11 Colts Preseason Game at RCA Dome -- report time 4:30 P.M. Call Sylvia if you can work the booth (897-3809)
12 State Fair Parade -- report at 5:45 P.M. just east of the swine barn
16 N Sync Concert at RCA Dome -- report time 5:00 P.M. Call Sylvia if you can work (897-3809)
18 Colts Preseason Game at RCA Dome -- report time 4:30 P.M. Call Sylvia (897-3809)
19 Band Annual Picnic // BBBC Elections // Awards -- 4:30 P.M. Camp Belzer, Gyro Center
29 7:00 P.M. BBBC Meeting -- Schofield's house

September Dates

9 1:00 PM Dixieland rehearsal
9 2:00 PM Full band rehearsal  Warren Central HS - Orchestra Room
15 (?) Buddy McLaren Eagle Court of Honor
16 1:00 PM Dixieland rehearsal
16 2:00 PM Full band rehearsal  Warren Central HS - Orchestra Room
16 Colts Home Opener at Dome -- report time 9:30 AM Call Sylvia 897-3809
22 Schofield / Schofield wedding 5 PM Christ Presbyterian Church
23 1:00 PM Dixieland rehearsal
23 2:00 PM Full band rehearsal  Warren Central HS - Orchestra Room
23 Colts Home Game -- report time 9:30 AM Call Sylvia (542-8057)
26 7:00 PM BBBC Meeting - Schofield's
30 1:00 PM Dixieland rehearsal
30 2:00 PM Full band rehearsal  Warren Central HS - Orchestra Room