2012-06-23 / News

Scottville Band Brings Laughter To Marquette Park


Band members pulled volunteers from the audience to perform in a line during the Scottville Clown Band performance at Marquette Park. Participation was often encouraged, and sometimes demanded with signs telling the crowd to sing or dance. Band members pulled volunteers from the audience to perform in a line during the Scottville Clown Band performance at Marquette Park. Participation was often encouraged, and sometimes demanded with signs telling the crowd to sing or dance. Members of the Scottville Clown Band come from varied backgrounds and include police officers, former Army officers, photographers, librarians, and financial advisors. Some were professional musicians or music teachers. All of them are volunteers, and about 60 performed on Mackinac Island Sunday, June 17, at Marquette Park and in the Lilac Festival Parade.

Members have a passion for music and love to ham up their performance. Each performance helps the band raise money for student scholarships to band camps.

The band was founded in 1904, disbanded for a few years during World War II, then was reestablished in 1947.

At the concert in Marquette Park, the band performed songs like “78 Trombones,” “Rockin’ Around The Clock,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and a number of college fight songs. Parade songs included “Basin Street Blues.”


Jim Frost, Jr. (left) and Jim Frost blast their notes and groove to “Rockin’ Around the Clock,” while performing at Marquette Park Sunday, June 17. They also danced in the crowds, and pulled a collection of volunteers to dance in a kick line. Jim Frost, Jr. (left) and Jim Frost blast their notes and groove to “Rockin’ Around the Clock,” while performing at Marquette Park Sunday, June 17. They also danced in the crowds, and pulled a collection of volunteers to dance in a kick line. The band earned the Most Humorous award in the parade.



Henry Nelson, 89, of the Scottville Clown Band, performs a solo on the piccolo to “When The Saints Go Marching In.” Mr. Nelson started playing the flute when he was 8, and is the oldest member of the band. Henry Nelson, 89, of the Scottville Clown Band, performs a solo on the piccolo to “When The Saints Go Marching In.” Mr. Nelson started playing the flute when he was 8, and is the oldest member of the band.

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