Scottville Clown Band Roster

Rob Alway

Rob Alway

Scottville, MI Trumpet
I was "drafted" into the Clown Band in 1986 by "Big George" Wilson. At the time I was 15 and my brother played trombone. Wilson told my mother that I would be joining the band the next year. I am a Life Member of the band and serve as Treasurer. In the real world, I am a professional photographer/writer and live in Scottville.

Troy Baker

Troy Baker

Wyoming, MI Sax
I joined the Scottville Clown Band to play sax in 2007 at the invitation of my brother-in-law, Keith, who plays Trumpet in the band. The costume comes from my kids. They thought it would be cool if I dressed as an Oompa Loompa. My favorite part of the band is watching people who see us for the first time. When I am not pretending to be an escapee from the chocolate factory, I can be found with my wife and kids in the Grand Rapids area, where we live, and where I work in the TV News business. We live in Wyoming, MI.

Rob Bass

Rob Bass

Sumner, MI Tuba
I live in Sumner, MI. I been a Self Employed Carpenter since 1973. I worked in 1980 Lake Placid NY Winter Olympics building project. I was employed as an Instrumental Band teacher at Great Lakes Academy, Morey Charter Public School in Central Michigan for 9 years. My degree is sharing musical knowledge and encouraging others to join Community Bands. I have six children and three grandchildren. I've helped them learn how to play band instruments and learn to love music through my dedication and support in playing in the local Community Bands. I enjoy playing music and occasionally have been asked to conduct in the bands. I play Euphonium, Tuba, Electric Bass and Guitar in the Central Michigan Area Concert Community Band, Ionia Community Band, Caravan Circus Pick-up Band, Scottville Clown Band, Greenville Danish Band and the Blue Lake Adult International Band. I've toured in Europe, Germany, Belgium, France, and Tivoli gardens in Copenhagen Denmark. I also conduct my own ensemble groups called The Celtic Harmonies and “The De-Composer’s Band”.

Mike Bortz

Mike Bortz

Brooklyn, MI Trumpet
I play trumpet (a green trumpet) and joined the Clown Band in 1998. I'm originally from Lansing from a musical family and in 3rd grade I started playing both trumpet and piano. After high school I went to Michigan State and marched in 'The Spartan Marching Band' for 4 years while going to college. GO STATE ! ! ! It's an absolute delight to see the faces of both young and old smiling ~ laughing ~ singing and clapping as we're coming down the street.

Nelson Buckley

Nelson Buckley

Williamston, MI Trumpet
My name is Nelson Buckley I’ve been with the Scottville Clown Band since 1997. I’m a second generation band member. I grew up watching my father play in the Scottville Clown Band, listening to “Basin Street Blues” summer after summer until I was singing it in my sleep. Music has been a part of my family my whole life. As a youth I traveled overseas with the Michigan Ambassadors of Music, and as an adult have played music for a variety of audiences both stateside and overseas.
I played through high school and after a brief tour with the U.S. Navy (8 years) I moved back to Michigan. I’ve been playing with the SCB ever since. I have a son who I’m hoping one day will be in the band as well. My favorite part about playing in the band is the excitement I get from the crowds we play for; the cities are always welcoming and everyone is happy to see us. I currently live in Grand Rapids with my son and work as an X-Ray Service Engineer. I play the F-Horn. Go Navy!

Ralph Cerny

Ralph Cerny

Traverse City, MI Piccolo
I joined the band in 2005 after retiring from a career in hospital administration, where I spent time in Omaha, Ludington, and Traverse City. I play piccolo (and flute) in the Northwestern Michigan College Community Band and the Grand Traverse UM Alumni Band. My wife and I spend winters in Sarasota, Florida.
The trumpets and trombones in the Clown Band are always complaining that I drown them out.

Bob Clark

Bob Clark

Big Rapids, MI Trumpet
I'm Bob Clark (the one on the right). My sons, Robby and Billy, and I have a furniture delivery service, CLARK & SONS, covering West Michigan, and the UP, and Northern Indiana.

Wayne Clock

Wayne Clock

Muskegon, MI Clarinet
Member since 2001

Tim Deiters

Tim Deiters

Grand Haven, MI Trumpet

Marcus DeRuyter

Marcus DeRuyter

Zeeland, MI Tuba
I live in Allendale. I have been a member since 2010. I started playing trumpet and then switched to tuba. I attended Rockford High School. From there I went on to play tuba at Central Michigan University. I've been a member of the Rockford Community Band, I've also played with the Zeeland Community Band, and now...The Scottville Clown Band.

Nate DeWeerd

Nate DeWeerd

Ludington, MI Trombone
My name is Nate DeWeerd from Ludington. I have been playing Baritone and Trombone with the Band since 1993. I am proud to be part of one of the largest family units in the Band, with my dad, uncle, and two brothers also playing. I have been on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps since 1998, so I don't get the opportunity to play as much as I would like, but when I do, I always carry the Marine Corps flag, and sing our Hymn with pride during Salute to the Troops. I really enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of our fans when we come marching down the street, and hope to be doing this for many years to come. Semper Fidelis et Semper Sitentis!!

Sid Disbrow

Sid Disbrow

Grand Haven, MI Trumpet
I have lived in Grand Haven for the past fourteen years, having moved from Plymouth, MI after getting married. I am a Chiropractic Physician with specialties in Applied Kinesiolgoy and Sports Biomechanics. My wife, Kathie, is my office manager.
I grew up in Ypsilanti where I began playing trumpet in the fourth grade. I continued on through high school under the baton of Al Townsend who used to play lead trombone for Gene Krupa. I did marching band as well as concert band and Al had us form a Big Band, playing all of the old Big Band favorites.
I went on to play in the band and the orchestra at Hope College. Following college I played in the Plymouth Community Band for twenty five years. At intervals I would also play with the Plymouth Symphony. After moving here I played for two years with the West Michigan Winds. Scottville Clown Band member Ray Wiersma heard me playing in church and told me I should think about joining the Scottville Clown Band. The church lets me practice there as we live in the Old Piano Factory Condominiums and they don’t even seem to mind when I practice Basin Street Blues or Saints in the sanctuary. I haven’t hit them with The Stripper yet…..we’ll see! The “motorcycle babe” costume just kind of evolved after several other outfits. I don’t even own a motorcycle. Alter ego?
I have loved every minute I have played with the band. The roll off marching down the street still gives me a thrill as we swing into Basin Street. What a great group of guys and very talented musicians. I am in awe, at times, how good everybody is. It is a joy and an honor to be part of the group, now, and in many years to come.

Roy Elwell

Roy Elwell

Holland, MI Trumpet
I moved here in 1953 to teach school. I saw the Scottville Clown Band for the first time at the Coast Guard Parade. Ever since, my family and I would be anxious for the end of the parade when the SCB would appear. While playing in a local church trumpet trio in 1994, I was invited to go to my first SCB rehearsal and then became a member. I retired from the Grand Haven public schools in 1986 and now live in Holland, MI. The photo above is of me with a couple of fans on a rare rainy Coast Guard parade day.

Jim Fitch

Jim Fitch

Scottville, MI Trumpet
I joined the Scottville Clown Band in 1947-48. Ray Schulte encouraged me to join as I was then playing trumpet in high school. Back then, the Band played only 4-6 times a year and seldom numbered more than 12-15 members. I have served several years on the board also as president, v-p, and secretary for a short time. I'm retired from insurance and fruit farming. My wife Carol and I live NW of Scottville and I've lived in Mason County all my life. I also play with the Salt City Dixieland/Jazz Band, the Pentwater Civic Band and the WSCC Concert Band.

Bruce Gates

Bruce Gates

Sheridan, MI Tuba
I've been a tuba player since 2000. I facilitate bereavement support groups for hospice, I'm a member of The Montcalm County Suicide Prevention Coalition, and I volunteer at Carson City Hospital. I started clowning in 2004 and specialize in facepainting, creating balloon sculptures and clown magic. Rusty is pictured at the Carriage Festival in Gladwin. My rates are reasonable.

Remington Greiner

Remington Greiner

Ludington, MI Trombone
I've lived 2 miles south of Scottville almost my whole life. About 2 years ago I found a good deal on a Duplex foreclosure in Ludington. I remodeled nearly all of it by myself. I currently rent the new apartment above to a friend. I play 6 string bass and 8 string guitar in the WSCC Jazz band. I switch between the two depending on what we need. I also play Bass Trombone in the Clown Band in the summer time. I work for Exit Real Estate of Ludington as a licensed sales person. Anything else you want to know just ask, I am very easy going.

Ryan Heaton

Ryan Heaton

Muskegon, MI Sax
I'm a United States Marine that has already served in Iraq and Afghanistan and plan on reenlisting. I play clarinet and soprano sax with the band when I can, however, my job keeps me pretty busy. When I'm on leave I'm in Muskegon.

Terry Hollar

Terry Hollar

Grand Haven, MI Sax
I'm Terry Hollar from Grand Haven. I started with the Clown Band in 1982 at the request of my father, Len Hollar (The Stripper). A few years later we were joined by my brother, Tom Making it a family thing. I started playing the singing silver cymbals and bass drum. I am now a life member and play the baritone saxophone.You may also find me singing "God Bless America" and at the end of our concerts, "America the Beautiful." I enjoy watching the crowd light up with happiness when the band comes "marching" by. I'm proud to be affiliated with this bunch of crazy, fun loving, talented musicians and hope that the Big Noise continues for many years.

John Jerry

John Jerry

Riverdale, MI Sax
My job keeps me busy in the support of computers, printers and the network at the MSU College of Law. I joined the Scottville Clown Band in 2006 and play alto and bass saxophone. I also play in the Lansing Community College Jazz Ensemble, the Ionia-Maple Valley Community Concert Band and I sit in with some guys playing Dixie & jazz. I also work on the Scottville Clown Band music library and was honored to receive the Scottville Clown Band's Member of the Year in 2008.

Jeff Jullie

Jeff Jullie

Grand Haven, MI Trumpet

Don Klemm

Don Klemm

Ludington, MI Drum
I started playing drums in grade school under the direction of C. Howard Hornung, director of Ludington bands. After high school I had pretty much put drumming behind me.

However, in 1974 I asked Big George Wilson for his daughter Mary's hand in marriage. He asked me if I played a musical instrument. I replied that I was a drummer. He said that if I joined the Band I could marry his daughter! I did, we did, and the rest, as they say, is history. Maybe the story has been embellished over the years, but that's as close to the truth as we can remember!

I have now been a member of the drum section of the world famous Scottville Clown Band for over 35 years. I have served on the Board for 20 of those years, most recently as President. I am also privileged to be a Life Member of the Band. I have seen many members come and go over the years, and developed many lasting friendships among my clown buddies. As the years go by, we have developed many great clowning stories, and we continue to "dazzle" the thousands of fans every year.

A life long resident of the Ludington area, I work as a self-employed carpenter. My wife is a teacher in the Ludington school system, and my grandson lives down the street from me! Life is good in Ludington.



John Koscielniak

John Koscielniak

Grand Haven, MI Trumpet

Don Kvarnberg

Don Kvarnberg

Chelsea, MI Trumpet
I was born and raised in North Muskegon and I am a retired engineer from Chrysler Corporation. I play trumpet in the band which I have been a member since 2002. I live in Chelsea, MI, and consequently I'm unable to get to many of the parades and shows. I thoroughly enjoy the comradeship of the band and look forward to playing with them when ever I can. During the winter months I live in Venice, Florida, and play in the North Port Concert Band and in the Sun Coast Wind Ensemble.

Dave Ladd

Dave Ladd

Fruitport, MI Trombone
HELLO! My name is David Ladd and I am a Life-Member of the
Scottville CClown Band. I joined the band in 1980 (invited to play by Bob "Pinky" Pinkerton) and my first performance was the strolling show at the Muskegon Mall in May, 1980. I am a member of the fantastic trombone section and one of the "Strippers" (Jim "Tiny" Frost made me do it starting in the early 1980's). Also, I am an occassional Street Leader & MC when the need arises. I truly enjoy every part of the
Scottville Clown Band and respect the history that has made
this band what it is today.

My flapper costume is a second generation reproduction custom-made by a wonderful seamstress in Ludington, Michigan. My initial costume was an original 1930's flapper dress worn by my aunt. Although there have been a few modifications over the years, the flapper dress remains the costume of choice for me!

To sum up a performance, I can only say WOW! There is nothing like the "roll-off" and subsequent blast of "Basin Street Blues" to get the band started in a parade, or the electricity of the crowd at any beer tent and concert venue where the band performs. It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of such a storied and wonderful organization!!!


Fred Lyons

Fred Lyons

Fenwick, MI Tuba
I first played with the Clown Band back in '88 at the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival, although I've jammed with many of these guys since the late sixties. I officially joined the band in the middle '90's and played trumpet for several years. I've been blessed to be able to play a little of this & that, so I try to be flexible and help out in what ever section they might need someone. When I go to a gig, the back of my car looks like I'm a used instrument salesman. You'll usually find some saxes, trombones, tubas, euphoniums, trumpets & cornets, and even an occasional drum or two. When invited, I even conduct on occasion. One year, at the Traverse City Cherry Festival, one of the tuba guys broke the mouthpipe off his tuba, just before parade time. They told him to, "go see Miss Piggy". As luck would have it, there was a sousaphone in the back of the wagon. The Scottville Clown Band is in high demand, and as always, "THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Jon Meeuwenberg

Jon Meeuwenberg

Fruitport, MI Trombone
I am currently a math instructor at Muskegon Community College and live in Fruitport. As a student at Grand Valley from 1997 - 2000, I minored in music and was the drum major of the marching band in the fall of '99. When I am not in classroom or playing my trombone I enjoy running, golfing, and travelling. My first appearance with the Clown Band was in 1998.

Dan Meyers

Dan Meyers

Norton Shores, MI Trumpet
In 1975 Walt “Skeeter” Listing invited me to come to a SCB rehearsal. My first ‘go’ was in Mackinaw City and have been blessed to play throughout Michigan with the band over these many years. Started playing alto sax at the age of 7 and switched to trumpet a year later, taught by my father, Robert Meyers (a SCB euphonium player) and MSU alum. Went on to solo trumpet at the U of M and currently serve as Director of Music at Muskegon Community College and Conductor/Music Director of the West Michigan Youth Symphony.


Don Miller

Don Miller

Manistee, MI Trumpet
My name is Don Miller and I live in Manistee with my wonderful wife of 11 years and 4 beautiful children. I am a xray and ct tech at West Shore Medical Center and am a MHSAA registered basketball official. I have been playing trumpet in the band since July of 2004.

Todd Muha

Todd Muha

Traverse City, MI Trumpet
I am a native of Traverse City. I enjoy playing trumpet in the Scottville Clown Band, joining in 1990. I am a Life Member of the Scottville Clown Band. I also play in a local Dixie band in TC. My priorities are God, family and the Scottville Clown Band.

Bob Pinkerton

Bob Pinkerton

Scottville, MI Cymbals

Jim Root

Jim Root

West Olive, MI Sax
I'm known as Hogman and live in Holland with my wife Elizabeth and 2 children. I have played tenor saxophone in the Scottville Clown Band since 1995. I also play in 3 other concert/jazz bands. My son Kenneth is also a member of the Scottville Clown Band and plays both sax and percussion. I enjoy making people smile and laugh when we're out on the street, especially the children. I am a faithful Arkansas Razorback fan and love playing my Razorback fight song at the end of the show. Go Hogs!

Bill Schap

Bill Schap

Spring Lake, MI Trombone

Todd Seabert

Todd Seabert

Grand Haven, MI Trumpet
Originally from Ohio, I moved to Grand Haven in 1988. I joined the band in the summer of 2009 after enjoying their participation in the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival for many years. Since then, it has been even more fun and rewarding then I ever imagined. Everybody in the band has been great and make you feel like you have always been a part of the group. I look forward to many more years of "clowning around" with the band.

John Seylhower

John Seylhower

Grand Haven, MI Drum
While owning the “Dee Lite” Restaurant in Grand Haven, I used to watch the “Clown Band” in the Coast Guard parade, and it always impressed me how they were able to entertain the public and still made great music. Then one day (spring of 1980) Jim Schottey asked me to come to a rehearsal, which I did, and I became a member. After a few years there were openings at the Clown Band Board of Directors, I ran, and was elected! I was on the board for a total of 9 years. Seven years as a long-range planning coordinator, which included setting up “Go’s” in out-of-state venues, including overnight lodging arrangements, etc.… and of the last 2 years I was President of the band (2004 -2006). For those of you who do not know me, I am the one who is affectionately known as the “Ding-a-ling”, due to my glockenspiel instrument which I play in the percussion section.

Stu Smith

Stu Smith

Brethren, MI Sax/Clarinet
My name is is Stu Smith. I was recruited into the CLOWN BAND by Phil Sirrine (Uncle Phil) in 1983, as an alto sax player, but I've bounced around since then between clarinet, alto sax, and tenor sax, depending on need. I've also bounced around between various classical and jazz organizations. I got my start in Benton Harbor back in the fifties by playing as a sort of utility man for the Twin Cities Musicians Union. Whenever someone needed a horn player, they called the Union, and the Union sent me out. Consequently, I learned to play just about every style of music in existence. I got my BA in Liberal Arts (mathematics & German) at Western Michigan University and my MA+ in German at Michigan State University. I taught one year (German & math) at Olivet College, six years (just German) at Adrian College, and twenty years (German, Algebra, Geometry, Intro to Comparative Languages, etc.) at Brethren High School. After I burned out on high school teaching I spent ten years working as a case manager for mentally ill adults and finally retired at age 70. I especially enjoy watching the crowd watch us in the parades.

Ed Stakenas

Ed Stakenas

Free Soil, MI Sax
Ed "Duke" Stakenas. Been in the Band for over 60 years. Tennor sax. Built the business of Stakenas Farms dairy farm located in Free Soil.

Jim Truxton

Jim Truxton

Baldwin, MI Sax

Charlie Weber

Charlie Weber

Scottville, MI Trombone
I joined the Band in 1988 as a drummer but have played trombone since 1989. I serve as secretary of the Scottville Clown Band since 2004.

Jerry Wosniewski

Jerry Wosniewski

Manistee, MI Trumpet
I play trumpet in the Scottville Clown Band and became a member in 1994.