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!
NEW 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, it has been decided to conduct rehearsals outdoors for safety.
To keep everyone safe the Scout Band asks 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 outside 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. We will try to Live Stream these events for those that are still compromised by the COVID Virus!
Here is the current schedule so far:
Rehearsals will Continue This Fall
Practices will continues on Sundays, 2pm inside at Saint Lawrence in the Gym in Father Cohen Hall following social distancing and mask wearing rules.
Currently practices will be held on November 8, 15, 22, with a Recording for Christmas Concert on November 1st starting at 1 pm (see below). Jazz Band Practice will be at 1pm on November 1, 15.
There will be no rehearsal on Sunday November 29th after Thanksgiving.
This Sunday, November 1st the band will be videoing and recording our annual Holiday Concert in the gymnasium at St. Lawrence. Yes, recording! The Indiana State Museum will not be having live music but will be playing recordings at the museum during the holidays this year. Please plan on participating in this unique activity this Sunday in this unique year of 2020. Please try to arrive by 12 noon to help set up the band and decorations for our special back drop. We then will start practicing by 1pm followed with recording with plans to be finished by 4pm. Uniform of the day is: Scout long pants, dark green venture shirts, scout socks and dark shoes. Dark green shirts are available for loan if you need one. Holiday hats or antlers are OK if you wish as long as they don’t distract any players.
Please wear your masks at all times other than when you are playing. The percussionists and director will wear their masks the entire time. Practices will resume on Sunday, November 8 th at 2pm with proposed section rehearsals at 1pm on November 15th, 22nd, December 6th, 13th and 20th. More information will be coming on this exciting addition! If you have any questions regarding Scout Band activities, please call or text Janet at 317-407-4564 or email Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also watch our Facebook page and check the Calling Post messages for additional information.
See you soon! Be safe and be well!
We are Celebrating our 103rd Year - Check out Our Upcoming Events and Concerts
The Schedule of Events has Changed!
Due to cancellations and postponing due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Schedule of Events is no longer accurate. Stay tuned to this website, our Facebook Group, Calling Posts, and emails for any planned activities.
WE ARE BACK 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.
Our 2020 Hawaii Tour has been Postponed Until Summer 2021!
As announced in the Annual Picnic in August 2019, our next Tour was planned in Hawaii for 2020 for the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II, however due to the ongoing Coronavirus Situation the Belzer Band Booster Club Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Hawaii Tour to next year about the same time. Next year is the 80th Anniversary of the Invasion of Pearl Harbor and the rest of the Tour Itinerary will remain mostly the same. Any funds raised or monies paid will be applied to next years Tour. Stay tuned to announcements about how this will be replanned for next year.
This will be a Tour that you won't want to miss! Please plan to attend with us if you are a playing youth scout, a playing scouter, or a playing alumni. Check the Tour Pages for a Tour Application and for more details on when and how much it will cost.
If you are a memeber of the Harvey U Gill Alumni Association, please consider joining us on tour or at least providing a donation or youth sponsorship to help us get there! Contact Mr. Bill or Janet Foster about how to make donations.
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!
Our 2019 Apollo 50th Anniversary Was A Big Success
We left Camp Belzer on July 14th, 2019 on a Sunday, to tour and play concerts at Camp Daniel Boone and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC, the lighthouse and fort at St. Augustine Fl, Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar, Kennedy Space Center, Ron Jon's Surf Shop and a beachside hotel at Cocoa Beach Fl, Universal Studios Island of Adventure in Orlando Fl, The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta GA. You can see our Tour crews photos and postings on our Facebook Group for the Scout 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 102nd 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.