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The Scottville Clown Band- "The Big Noise from Scottville"

When you see the Scottville Clown Band, you’re amused by their colorful attire and crazy antics. When you hear them play, you’re amazed at their extraordinary talent. They’ve been entertaining crowds in Michigan for over 100 years, with no sign of slowing down. Perhaps their best performances are during the summer parades, with “The Stripper” being the favorite number. The horns, cymbals, and drums give the Clown Band their other name, “The Big Noise from Scottville.”

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Here's the band's most updated schedule for 2024:

March 2024

  • 16th – Clare Irish Festival Parade (12pm) and Post-parade show at the Clare Moose Lodge- 1890 E. Ludington Dr., Clare

April 2024

  • 27th – National Trout Festival in Kalkaska, 2pm

May 2024

  • 16th – Baldwin AmVets Blessing– 1959 W. 24th St., Baldwin, 7pm
  • 25th – Mackinaw City Memorial Festival Pre-Parade Show (11am) & Parade (1pm) at Mackinaw Crossings– 248 S. Huron Ave., Mackinaw City

June 2024

  • 16th – Mackinac Island Lilac Festival at 7274 Main St., Mackinac Island, 2pm
  • 29th – Wilwin Lodge Veteran’s Show– 3383 E. Hawley Rd., Custer, 1pm
  • TBA – Irons Flea Roast & Ox Market Show at Irons RV Park & Campground- 4623 W. 10 1/2 Mile Rd., Irons, 4pm
  • TBA – Scottville Clown Band Patriotic Concert at the Scottville Community Center- 105 Green St., Scottville, 7pm

July 2024

  • 2nd – Scottville Clown Band Patriotic Concert at Scottville Community Center- 105 Green St., Scottville, 7pm
  • 4th –  Manistee National Forest Festival Parade, 10am in Downtown Manistee
  • 4th – Ludington Area Jaycees Freedom Festival Parade in downtown Ludington, 2pm
  • 4th – American Legion Post #76 Show (members & guests only), 3:30pm
  • 6th – National Cherry Festival Parade, Traverse City, 11:15am
  • 7th – Manistee National Forest Festival Beach Show at First Street Beach in Manistee, 1pm
  • 13th – Bear Lake Days in downtown Bear Lake, 6pm
  • 20th – American Legion Underwood Orr Post 34– 101 W Pottawatamie St, Tecumseh, 1pm
  • 25th – Troutarama Concert in downtown Baldwin, 8pm
  • 27th – Troutarama Parade in downtown Baldwin, 1pm
  • 28th – Arcadia Daze Parade in downtown Arcadia, 1:30pm
  • 30th – Grand Haven American Legion Show– 700 S. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven, 7pm
  • TBA – Idlewild 4th of July Parade, 12:30pm

August 2024

  • 3rd – United States Coast Guard Festival Parade– 113 N. 2nd St., Grand Haven, 11:45am
  • 8th – Pentwater Homecoming Celebration Les Bailey Memorial Concert with Pentwater Civic Band on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater, 7:30pm
  • 10th – Homecoming Parade in downtown Pentwater, 4pm
  • 17th – St. Pat’s Parish Show– Grand Haven, Time TBA
  • 21st – Hudsonville Fair, 5235 Park Ave., Hudsonville, 7pm
  • 24th – Cedar Polka Fest– Cedar Tennis Courts just off County Road 651, Cedar, 1pm
  • 27th – Fruitport Dancing Into Sunset @ Pomona Park- 69 W. Fruitport St., Fruitport, 7pm
  • TBA – Reed City Great American Crossroads Celebration Parade beginning on West Lincoln Ave., 6:30pm
  • TBA – Bellaire Rubber Ducky Festival, Downtown Bellaire, 3pm

September 2024

  • 2nd – Manton Harvest Festival Parade, 10am
  • TBA – Scottville Fall Celebration at Scottville Community Center- 105 Green St., Scottville, 3pm

October 2024

  • 12th – Frankfort Fall Festival Parade, 11am
  • 13th – Fennville Goose Festival– Fennville, Time TBA
  • TBA – Sons & Daughters, Sons & Daughters Hall- 1057 Hamilton Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, 7pm
  • TBA – Red Flannel Festival Parade, Cedar Springs, 3pm

Stay tuned for the most updated information on the Scottville Clown Band's tour schedule!

The History of the Scottville Clown Band

In 1903, a musical group of Scottville merchants dressed up as hillbillies and began entertaining at local carnivals. Their popularity grew until World War II called its members away and the group disbanded. In 1947, a local businessman, Ray Schulte, resurrected the group, and to this day, the Scottville Clown Band continues to bring smiles to countless faces. The city of Scottville is located ten miles east of Ludington, with about 1,200 residents. This small town has certainly been put on the map through the notoriety of the Scottville Clown Band.

Who are These Guys?

Clown Band members come from all over Michigan and over 14 other states, including Florida, New York, Tennessee and California. 

They represent all walks of life, from police officers and farmers to doctors, bankers, and disc jockeys.

The members are represented by a board of directors, a group of people that make decisions on band operations and policies.

Scholarships

Their charitable contributions include funding and maintaining both the Scottville Clown Band Shell and the Museum of Music at Historic White Pine Village. 

One of the primary goals of the Scottville Clown Band is to provide scholarships for students accepted to summer programs for any of the performing arts, including vocal music, theater, or instrumental music. Each year money is given out to over 30 students, helping them with costs to places like Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen. The scholarship recipients are invited to play with the Scottville Clown Band in early summer at a concert performed at Waterfront Park in Ludington. 

Experience Scottville

The city of Scottville is a small town located in the heart of Michigan’s Mason County! Read the stories below or go to the Scottville destination page.

For more information on the Scottville Clown Band:

Scottville Clown Band Board of Directors

chrlewbr@gmail.com

scottvilleclownband.com

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