Scout Band



The Crossroads of America Scout Band and Wulakamike Lodge 21 of the Order of the Arrow are combining their talents in a FIRST EVER joint appearance on Sunday, December 20, 1998 at 1:00 p.m. at the Warren Performing Arts Center.

The band and Order of the Arrow have a rich heritage that many are not familiar with -- a heritage that involves the band in OA activities long before the Crossroads Council offered OA. Harvey U. Gill, the band's director from 1947 - 1975 and several youth and adult members of the Central Indiana Council Boy Scout Band made the band's resources available to the National Order of the Arrow Conferences (NOAC) every two years. This relationship was re-established six years ago when Randy Decker and John Valdez were recruited to director the NOAC band at its biennial conference. Under their leadership the NOAC band has become an integral part of the activities at NOAC.

To highlight two very special organizations within the Crossroads of America Council, this special performance is being organized during the holiday season. Ticket donations of $3.00 per individual or $10.00 per family are being collected from participants as well as attendees to offset the costs of putting this event together. Tickets are available from OA members, Band members or the Indianapolis Scout Service Center. Any proceeds over the expenses for this event will be distributed to both the OA and the band to assist their programs in the future.

The schedule of activities for the weekend are still being finalized so check out the band's website at or be at rehearsals to get the updates.

Friday afternoon / Saturday morning -- OA Staff Jazz members begin arriving from North Carolina,Wisconsin, Illinois, St. Louis and Indiana.

Saturday morning, December 19th rehearsal for NOAC band on stage at the Warren Performing Arts Center.

11:30 - 12:30 Pizza and soda available for OA / band members in Warren's Hall of Fame area.

1:00 p.m. full band rehearsal for Crossroads band AND NOAC band members on stage at Warren Performing Arts Center.

5:30 p.m. Harvey U. Gill Alumni Association's dinner (adult members of the band and NOAC guests also invited) at the Ponderosa Steakhouse at 10th and Shadeland Avenue.

7:30 p.m. Band members and OA guests: lock - in at the Jewish Community Center 6701 Hoover Road. Swimming pool will be open from 8:30 -10:30 p.m. and staffed by the center's lifeguards. Please contact Debbie Miller (545-0445) if you plan to attend EITHER the Alumni Dinner or the lock - in.


1:00 p.m.

NOAC Staff Jazz band

Crossroads of America Scout Band SPECIAL "OPENING" with over 100 OA members

Close with the Wulakamike Lodge 21 Ceremonial Team that received a 3rd place NATIONALLY at this years NOAC

The two brief interludes between performances will feature the Change of Heart lady's Barbershop Quartet (three are members of Crossroads band) that recently received 3rd place in International Competition.

The day will be capped off with an OA Lodge 21 fair in the Orchestra Room of Warren Central High School.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this exciting event. Special guests of the day (tentative) include Mr. Gene Schell, National Order of the Arrow Committee and U.S. Representative Ed Pease.

Lawrence Christmas Parade

Lawrence's annual Christmas parade will take place Saturday December 5th. We ask that you report by 9:30 a.m. in full uniform. If the weather is cold wear a sweatshirt or sweater (preferably red in color) UNDER your uniform shirt. We need to be ready to line up by 10 am and the parade steps off at 11 am. The parade route follows the "traditional" path, south on Richardt Street to 47th Street then east to Franklin Road and north on Franklin to the Lawrence Park at 5500 North Franklin.

Watch for the band's equipment truck -- that's where you need to report. It will either be in the Belzer Middle School parking lot on the south side of 56th Street OR at Lawrence Central High School on the north side of 56th Street. We will be unit number 9 in the parade.

Welcome New Members

We welcome the following new members who have joined the band since our last newsletter.

Robert Hoosier - Tuba

John Lorenzen - French Horn

Andy Murphy - Percussion

Lori Robinson - Clarinet

Make sure you introduce yourself to our new members and make them feel welcome. If you know of someone in your troop or school that would like to play in the band -- invite them to a rehearsal!

Open House set for January 17, 1999

The band's annual recruitment drive is slated for Sunday January 17, 1999 during the regular rehearsal at 2:00 p.m. in the orchestra room. Over 6,000 letters will be sent out to all registered scouts in Marion and the surrounding counties inviting them to join the band.

The past open houses have increased our numbers immensely and we found last year that by holding the event in January we have a better retention rate. Watch for the letters -- they will be headed your way by the end of December. Make sure YOU do your part by being at the rehearsal on January 17th so those being invited will know we have a great time as we combine our musical talents with our love of Scouting!

Drummers to Play at Governor's Lunch

Several of the band's drummers will participate at the Governor's Luncheon on Friday December 4th at the Indiana Roof. This annual event is the council's kickoff to its Friends of Scouting campaign and our drummers get everyone prepared to start the program. For those percussionists who are available, you need to report IN UNIFORM to the Indiana Roof between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. and will play at 12 noon. You will be provided lunch from the council and will be done by 1 p.m. If you can make it please call Bill at 542-8057 so the arrangements can be made.

President's Corner

You never know what corner I might be relegated to! The exciting news about the concert on December 20th took up the front page, so I opted to go inside for this issue's corner!

I have said several times this year, but at year's end must repeat it again -- WHAT A YEAR THIS HAS BEEN FOR THE BAND! The dedication that has been given by so many people both directly and indirectly associated with the band has been phenomenal this year! We have a new truck, membership has grown by leaps and bounds, attendance at rehearsals and events has been steady. The uncertainty faced in the past is now forgotten, and in its place a new beginning is blossoming into a bright future for this organization. Instead of talking about letting the band die a peaceful death, we now talk about needing TWO busses for tours, and how we can celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2017!


As we embark on another new year, let us continue to build on these accomplishments. If we continue building year by year, by the time our 100th anniversary comes around we will have a band so large and an alumni base so supportive the WPAC will be too small to conduct the activities!

Have a great holiday season!


Last Chance for Colts Games

Don't miss out on your last opportunities to work the band's concession stand at the RCA Dome. There are only two home games left and Sylvia would love to have you sign up and help stuff nachos or hot dogs! Call Sylvia at 897-3809 if you can make either of these dates.

December 13th Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals

report time is 10:30 a.m. -- Shuttle leaves at 10 am from MSE parking lot (corner of 10th & Meridian)

December 27th Colts vs North Carolina Panthers report time is 10:30 a.m. -- Shuttle leaves at 10 am from MSE parking lot (corner of 10th & Meridian)

We will have a few events in early 1999 to work -- the Supercross Motorcycle event in February and NCAA playoffs in March.

Youth Elections Held

The youth leader elections were conducted at the November 8th rehearsal. The primary positions of Venture Crew Leader and Assistant were voted on at that time. The Venture Crew Leader will represent the youth membership at BBBC Board meetings. The term will last until the annual picnic in August. Your new leaders are:

Crystal Heitzman - Crew Leader

Shawn Smock - Assistant Crew Leader

Congratulations to both Crystal and Shawn! If any of the youth members of the band / venture crew have concerns or suggestions, they can be presented to Crystal or Shawn and they will relay these items at the monthly board meeting.

1999 Tour Plans Under Way

The plans for the 1999 Deep South tour are taking form and a definite route and stopovers will be determined by year's end. If there is ANY possibility you are going to participate in the tour, NOW is the time to get your application turned in. So far there have been twenty (20) applications turned in -- remember the bus holds 44 so we are half way to filling the first bus. We would need at least sixty-six going to justify a second bus.

Preference is given to playing members of the band and BBBC Board members. Additional adult positions are based on the band's need for adult to youth ratios and the specific talents of the non-playing adult member.

Double Wedding for the Wheats

Linda Wheat has called and indicated a double wedding is planned in the Wheat family on Saturday February 13, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. Larry L. Wheat and Laura Wheat will both be marrying at the Fort Harrison Reserve Chapel. Specifics will be forthcoming when the invitations are mailed.

Lewis Wheat Eagle Court of Honor

While Lewis Wheat is home on leave this next month his Eagle Court of Honor will be held on Saturday December 12th. Location has yet to be determined at the press time of the newsletter.

Following Lewis's leave he has received his first assignment. He will be stationed in Germany for two years, initially he will be in Bosnia for two months.

Kudos for the Month

Everyone who is ACTIVE with the band thanks for a great year -- keep up the good work.

Special thanks this month go to the key players making the special performance on December 20th happen!

Penny Mitchell, Manager of the Warren Performing Arts Center

Dave Prevost, Manager of the Walker Career Center Print Shop

CROSSROADS OF AMERICA COUNCIL: Scott Bernhardt, Eastern Section Field Director, Ronnie Daniels, Director of Field Services, Mim Ringle, Scout Service Center

Terry Troxell, Lodge 21 Advisor

Bob Valentini, Lodge 21 Chief

Robby Tompkins, Lodge 21 Vice Chief of Administration

Seth Powell, Lodge 21 Vice Chief of Program

John Valdez, Crossroads Band, NOAC Band, presenter of 'dream' to the lodge and band

Randy Decker, Crossroads Band, Director, NOAC Staff Band, travel arrangements

Debbie Miller, Alumni President, Jewish Community Center contact

Tom O'Nan, website administrator

Janet Foster, Sara Stone, Susan Spencer, Crossroads Band, Change of Heart


4 Governor's Luncheon -- Drummers

10:30 a.m. Indiana Roof

5 Lawrence Christmas Parade report 9:30 a.m. at Belzer Middle School

6 1:00 p.m. Dixieland Rehearsal

2:00 p.m. Full Band Rehearsal

Warren Central High School

13 1:00 p.m. Dixieland Rehearsal

2:00 p.m. Full Band Rehearsal

Warren Central High School

13 Colts Game (Bengals) report time 10:30 a.m. Shuttle leaves MSE at 10 a.m.

19 11:30 Pizza at WCHS - Hall of Fame

1:00 p.m. Rehearsal for Concert

WPAC Stage

5:30 p.m. Alumni Dinner - Ponderosa 10th and Shadeland

7:30 p.m. Lock-in at Jewish Community Center


DECEMBER [continued]


27 Colts Game (Panthers) report time 10:30 a.m. Shuttle leaves MSE at 10 a.m.

28 Letters out for Open House

30 7 p.m. BBBC Board Meeting

Schofield's House



10 1:00 p.m. Dixieland Rehearsal

2:00 p.m. Full Band Rehearsal

Warren Central High School


Warren Central High School

24 1:00 p.m. Dixieland Rehearsal

2:00 p.m. Full Band Rehearsal

Warren Central High School

27 7 p.m. BBBC Board Meeting

Schofield's House

31 1:00 p.m. Dixieland Rehearsal

2:00 p.m. Full Band Rehearsal

Warren Central High School