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!
We are Celebrating our 101st Year Anniversary! - Check out our upcoming Events and Concerts
Our 2018 Wild, Wild West Tour Was A Big Success!
On June 23rd, Saturday, we departed at 7:00 am from Camp Belzer to tour Hannibal,MO and the Boyhood Home of Mark Twain, then to St. Joseph, MO to visit the Patee House and the Pony Express National Museum and Jesse James Home, Boys Town near Omaha, NE, The Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, NE, Camp Augustine, Boot Hill Cemetery at Dodge City, KS, then to the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO, and to St. Louis, MO and the Gateway Arch and attended a Cardinals game to arrive home for the Camp Belzer 100th Anniversary Celebration. Check out our adventures and experiences on the Tour Pages under 2018 Wild, Wild West Tour
Events and Concerts for Winter, January, February, March
No Rehearsal Was Held on January 13th, Sunday Due to a Snow Day
January 27th at 2 pm is our Annual Open House at St. Lawrence Catholic School
If you received a postcard in the mail or an email we warmly welcome you to bring your instrument and play with us!
If you play a band instrument (woodwind, brass, or percussion) we invite you to join us Sunday, January 27th at 2 pm and be part of the fun we have planned for this year! Bring your parents along too and we will meet with them and fill them in on the band's plans, its past and its future. Your musical ability can be anywhere from beginner to "pro" - we have them all in the band. If you are new to your instrument this is a great place to strengthen your musical ability and work in some extra practice time (you know your school band director will love the sound of that!)
Any Scout-aged boy or girl (11-18 years old) or Venture Crew or Explorer aged male or female (14-21 years old) is eligible to be a member of the band. If you have an older brother or sister (or Mom or Dad) who also plays an instrument but is not registered in Scouting , they can join the Band's Venture Crew 559 and enjoy the extra opportunity to share their musical talents.
Join us as we celebrate our 98th Year of Continuous Operation in Central Indiana! All YOU have to do to be a part of this great organization is to show up Sunday, January 25th! If you can't join us on the 25th, be sure and visit any Sunday at the same time and location, Except Sunday, February 22nd when we will be performing our Annual Scout Band Anniversary Concert.
Our usual location is Saint Lawrence Catholic School at the corner of 46th Street and Shadeland Avenue in the middlebuilding on the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church and School campus. Parking and the best entrace door is usually on the west side in the rear of the building. We are usually set up in the lower level cafeteria down the stairs and through a set of doors. An elevator is located on the east side of the building for those who need it. Dress casual for rehearsals and this Open House but don't forget your instrument!
We look forward to meeting you on the 27th!
Our Annual Anniversary Concert, Sunday, February 24th
We will be playing our Annual Anniversary Concert at Camp Belzer's Acitvity Center on Sunday, February 24th at 1:00 pm. Come join us to Celebrate 102 Years of the Band's existence. Usually, a dessert bar or hors-d'-houvres should be provided immediately following the Concert.
We will play until we are tired or it becomes 2:15 pm in the afternoon. Please report by 12:15 pm to unload the truck and move instruments into to the concert venue area. Uniform is Class "A"s.
2019 Del Mi Merit Badge University & Concert
Del-Mi District is offering merit badge sessions on Saturday, March 9th. Follow this link for registration and more information: Registration for Merit Badge University. This event will be held at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main Street, Carmel IN 46032. All youth registered in Boy Scouts are eligible to attend. Please note that Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos are not eligible to participate in this event.
The Scout Band will be playing at 11:30 am in the Freshman Center cafeteria area just like previous years. Look for the Band Truck on the west side of the school to help unload around 10:45am to be able to play an 11:30 am concert.
Uniform of the Day will be Class "A"s, Boy Scout green pants, Venture Crew dark green shirt (extra shirts available from the Band Truck), green socks, dark shoes, etc.
Band Rehearsals Continue This Winter
Regular Band Rehearsals Continue This Winter
Regular Band rehearsals continue this Fall at 2:00 pm in the Father Cohen Cafeteria at St. Lawrence Catholic Shool on the corner of 46th Street and Shadeland Avenue. Join us to practice the latest music for upcoming concerts and activities.
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.
Winter Service Project at City Street Median
Join Us on the second and fourth Sundays after rehearsals to clean and trim the Median that the Crossroads of America Scout Band maintain near Boy Scout Road on 56th Street. 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 101th 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.