The band's annual open house held Sunday January 11, 1998 was
a huge success. There were over FIFTY people playing in the band
that day, it was a record setter! Each week since the open house our newest
members have been returning, AND they have been bringing additional new
members, let's keep up the good work.
For those that are new, if you have not yet received your "band
book" providing information and a calendar of events for the band, be sure
and ask for it at the next rehearsal. Also, if you would like practice
music to take home with you, see Bill Schofield and he will get a copy
for you. Currently copies of the "yellow" book and "blue" book are
available, we are still working on the large concert music and the "black"
THANKS everyone for making the start of 1998 a banner year for
the Crossroads of America Scout Band. Now let's meet these newest
members of the oldest Scout Band in the world, make sure and extend a friendly
smile and handshake next time you see them at rehearsal!
Again, THANKS for responding to the open house, we hope you had
a good time and look forward to having you participate in all our activities
as we enjoy Scouting through music!
I am so thrilled with the way 1998 has started for the band, and
keep hoping that this momentum will carry us through the year and years
ahead. With the response we had at the open house, the attendance
chart had to be changed because the numbers we had were off the chart.
The best part about these "numbers" is the fact that we are seeing the
youth participation increasing. The last few weeks, there have been
the "usual" 12-14 adult members playing, but we have had 26 - 33 and even
42 youth playing in the band.
We are very near to obtaining the band's new equipment vehicle
and we have a great tour planned for 1998. I hope all of you will
be a part as the Crossroads of America Band continues to grow and enjoy
the success it has earned and deserves! Thanks Everyone!
The "Super Bowl" pizza sales fund raiser was a great success.
We had many members try out this new fund raising opportunity and found
how EASY it is to add big bucks to their personal accounts with very little
We sold a total of 202 pizzas which netted a profit of $600.00+
that ALL went into personal accounts. Some members earned as much
as $90.00 for their personal account that can be used towards their tour
fees this summer!
Thanks to all that helped make this first effort a success and
for being crammed into the Gyro center's kitchen to assemble the 202 pizzas!
(Thanks also to Pioneer District's understanding for letting us share their
space while their winter camporee was happening.
We plan to conduct another pizza sale SOON ˇmaybe even in March,
and if it goes as well, we will try and do another one before tour.
This will give our newest members a great way to earn some fast bucks to
help pay for tour. Questions can be directed to Sylvia Schofield
our Ways and Means Chairman at 897-3809.
Not doing anything special with your valentine on February 14th?
Then why not join the crew at the RCA Dome for the Superiors Motorcycle
Our booth # 142 is open for this event, and this is a REQUIRED
event for our contract. Bring some earplugs and enjoy the dust and
crowds while we sell a lot of nachos, dogs and drinks! This is another
great way to pick up $25.00 towards the tour.
Report time is 4:30 p.m., the shuttle will leave the MSE Corporation
parking lot at 4:00 p.m.. (MSE is located at the corner of 10th and
Meridian Streets, park free there and we provide shuttle service to the
dome.) if you can work, call Sylvia at 897-3809, we need a minimum of fifteen
people (age 16 and above). Dress code is white shirt, dark pants
(no jeans) and closed toe shoes. Those youth working must be able
to show proper identification at check in. The event itself starts
at 7:30 and we are not sure when it will be over.
Good News, Our booth IS NOT open for the IHSM Boys basketball
games in March and April so we will NOT have to work these events as we
thought we would.
It's that time of year to recharter the Post the Belzer Band Booster
Club Sponsors in conjunction with the band.
All Youth age 14 or older can be a part of Post 559 and take part
in all the neat activities the Exploring Division of the council has to
offer throughout the year. Any male member who is registered with
a scout troop may "multiple" register with the post and it will not cost
Any female members of the band who are not registered with another
post in the council MUST register with our Post to be eligible to participate
in the band and its activities. If you have not already done so,
fill OUt an Explorer application and pay the annual $8.00 registration
fee ($7.00 fee and $1.00 insurance fee).
Any adult who wants to register with the post may also do so,
again if you are registered elsewhere you may "multiple" register with
the post. If you are not registered anywhere, then you need to register
See Maurice Heitzman, Post Advisor with any questions, or to get
an application or make arrangement to pay fees. The charter is due
to be turned in by the end of February.
Thanks to Pete Lindstrom, Myron Reynolds, Ken Clark and Randy
Decker to assisted on Saturday January 31st in moving the remaining items
that belong to the band from our former home at Roberts Park United Methodist
Church to our new home at Warren. it was quite a task and those filing
cabinets full of music sure did get heavier as the day wore on, particularly
since they were going to the second floor area of the orchestra room.
Thanks again guys for a job well done ˇwe now have everything
we need at Warren and Howard can pull Salute the Duke or any other tune
whenever he wishes!
Carol McLaren and Robert Wiker will be married on Saturday April
4 at 2:30 p.m.. The invitation below was presented by them to be
included in the newsletter so ALL their friends and acquaintances in the
band would be invited.
Carol McLaren and Bob Wiker cordially invite you to their joining in
holy matrimony on April 4, 1998 at 2:30pm at Downey Avenue Christian Church
located at at 111 S. Downey Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana
We request that your presence be our gifts All Scouts/Scouts are asked
to wear uniforms Reception to follow in Century Hall.
The latest report we have from Bill Lyon who is serving as our
liaison with Allison / Rolls Royce is that things are looking very very
promising that we will have our new equipment truck in the very near future.
With this on the horizon, Pete Lindstrom our Equipment manager
for the Belzer Band Booster Club has been asked to develop guidelines for
the use of the vehicle as well as designation of approved drivers for the
vehicle. These guidelines will be presented at a future meeting of
the BBBC Board for review, revision if necessary and adoption. it
is felt that with the gracious gift of Allison / Rolls Royce the BBBC Board
wants to be good stewards in maintaining this equipment so that it will
serve the band well for a long time.
July seems so far off, but really it is; closer than you think!
The applications are coming in on a steady basis and a lot of our NEW members
are planning on joining us on I tour this year! We could very easily be
. traveling with a forty piece band this year !
It's not to late to get YOUR application I in, see Bill Schofield
at rehearsal or call him at 542-8057 to reserve your spot on the bus.
Mr. Mike and Bill will be meeting soon to get I final itinerary planned
and then finalizations of housing, concert sites etc. will be made.
In order to do this, we need YOUR help! If you even THINK you
are going to go, get an application in so we can know how I many to count
on. It makes a big difference when reserving rooms etc. whether
we looking to house 20 people or 50 people. So get your I applications
in now, we'll worry about the money later (at least by the time we leave)!
Total cost will be $350-$375 which includes all ! transportation, all meals,
all housing, all admission to sites etc. The only extra money I you
need will be for your personal souvenirs and the like. Remember we
head to Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South I Dakota, Nebraska,
Iowa,, Missouri, Illinois and Back home again in Indiana! Tour dates are
July 9-18. Plan to be a part of this great trip!
Words will never express the gratitude the band and the BBBC has
for the great cooperation and reception we have received from the Warren
Performing Arts Center, Walker Career Center and Warren Central High School
for their considerations and encouragement. Thanks to Penny Mitchell,
WPAC Director who came in on her day off to make sure things were set for
our January 21st concert. Thanks to Dave Prevost from Walker Career
Center who was our township representative at the concert. Thanks
to Bob Beckley the Orchestra Director at Warren for use of his room and
providing areas for the storage of our equipment and music. Last
but not least to our own Randy Decker who made the initial contacts to
make these arrangements happen. We are all very grateful!