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 will be celebrating Scouting's 100th anniversary in America in 2010 and 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 near our 100th year!
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 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 approach our 100th Anniversary of 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!
We are "Back Home Again in Indiana" from the 2016 Western Tour!
We went to Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota, and Wyoming where we visited many interesting monuments in the Black Hills, and learned about Lewis and Clark and Abe Lincoln.
Check the 2016 Tour Page for itinerary and updates with photos of what we were doing and where we have been. Also check out our CrossroadsofAmericaScoutBand Group on Facebook for additional updates by the kids and other parents while we were on tour.
Look at the Music Selections we played on the 2016 Tour!
When Is the Next Scout Band Rehearsal?
We are currently rehearsing music and selections for upcoming concerts. Everyone is welcome to sit it and help out with practice, new youth, old youth and even old scouters! Rehearsals will resume on September 11 and continue through the year every Sunday at 2:00 pm for the Scout Band and at 1:00 pm for the Jazz Band except Holiday Weekends at Saint Lawrence Catholic School Cafeteria, 46th Street and Shadeland Ave.
Youth are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before practice to help set up and remain after practice to put away music books, stands, and chairs.
The "Cool Crew" Jazz Band is Meeting Every Sunday!!
The Jazz Band has start up rehearsals again this Fall and continue every Sunday at 1:00 pm in Father Cohen Hall, St. Lawrence Catholic School, through the end of the year. Rehearsal starts at 1:00 pm and lasts until 2:00 pm every Sunday of the Month except on holiday weekends. See our schedule on Yahoo Groups for more information or to contact us by email.
Please Note the Jazz Band WILL still be holding rehearsal July 24.
If you are ready to play a different style of music or wish to extend your musical range, the Jazz Band might just be for you. This is a new addition requested by the Band Youth. More instruments are needed so contact Mr. Ben or Mr. Bob if you are interested in playing.
Hey Crew 559 Youth!
Don't forget about Crew Meetings every Third Sunday of the Month!
The next Crew Meeting will be held on September 18th. Don't miss your chance to voice your opinion and help out the band!
Will You Be There?
Mark your Calendar! The 100th Anniversary Encampment is planned for the first weekend of July 2017 and will include the 100th Anniversary Concert on July 7, 2017.
100th Anniversary Planning Committee Needs Your Help!
Are you a parent or Band alumni that has spare time or special skills that you can contribute to our 100th Scout Band Anniversary? The planning committee has been meeting on the first Monday of every month.. Contact the committee at this email address if you wish to have more information about how to attend and help us out.
The HUGSBAA Alumni Dinner held during the Annual Concert on February 21st was a great success. Alumni and band members heard from Mr. Norris Archer, the oldest known Scout Band Alumni. There was also roll call to honor all the Scout Band Alumni from the past. Contact Fred Richardson and the HUGSBAA Alumni committee if you wish to have more info about Alumni activities.
Do you have photographs and snapshots of Scout Band concerts and events that you would like to share with the 100th Anniversary Committee? Send an email to this email address and you will be given instructions how to upload to their DropBox site.
Commemorative Brick Pavers are Now 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?
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.
Upcoming Concerts / Events
Concerts and Events in the Months of July and August
August 7th Annual Scout Band Picnic
The annual picnic will be held on August 7th at Camp Belzer, please bring a dish to share and your plates and utensils. The band will provide the meat. The election for Crew 559 leadership and the Belzer Band Booster Club officers will be held at the picnic.
August 13th State Fair
The full Scout Band and the Jazz Band will play concerts in the Boy Scout area at the State Fair on August 13.
August 20th President Harrison Memorial
The band will play at the wreath laying ceremony honoring President Harrison at Crown Hill Cemetary on August 20th.