Scottville Clown Band Roster
Darren ActonFrom: Clare, MI Plays: Drum
Rob AlwayFrom: Scottville, MI Plays: Trumpet
Troy BakerFrom: Jenison, MI Plays: Sax
Rob BassFrom: Sumner, MI Plays: Tuba
Nelson BuckleyFrom: Williamston, MI Plays: Trumpet
I performed with the SCB through high school and after a brief tour with the U.S. Navy (8 years) I moved back to Michigan to settle, work, and play music with the SCB once again. My favorite part about playing in the SCB is the energy, smiles and laughter the band gets from the crowds we play for; the cities we play in are always welcoming and everyone is happy to see us. Through thousands of miles and millions of smiles I’m proud to be life member of the SCB and look forward to many more years playing for the cities and festivals in and around Michigan. I currently live East of East Lansing and work as an Imaging Service Engineer for a local hospital. I play the French Horn and dress as a sailor. Hopefully, “We’ll see you down the road.” Semper Sitientis.! Go Navy!
Ralph CernyFrom: Traverse City, MI Plays: Piccolo
The trumpets and trombones in the Clown Band are always complaining that I drown them out.
Bill ClarkFrom: Scottville, MI Plays: Drum
Actually I have been watching the Clownband every since I was 10 years old. We would center our vacation around the 4th of July, so my Mom could watch the clownband in the parade. I told her that I would play with those clowns someday. She never got a chance to see me play with the band but my Dad did. He also loved the band. I have enjoyed every moment playing with the band and I can’t say enough good things about the band. All the guys are super and we all love making people laugh and playing good music.
Bob ClarkFrom: Big Rapids, MI Plays: Cornet
Wayne ClockFrom: Muskegon, MI Plays: Clarinet
George ConeFrom: , Plays: Trombone
Tim DeitersFrom: Grand Haven, MI Plays: Trumpet
Marcus DeRuyterFrom: Zeeland, MI Plays: Tuba
Nate DeWeerdFrom: Walker, MI Plays: Trombone
Sid DisbrowFrom: Grand Haven, MI Plays: Trumpet
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 ElwellFrom: Holland, MI Plays: Trumpet
Jim FitchFrom: Ludington, MI Plays: Trumpet
Bruce GatesFrom: Sheridan, MI Plays: Trombone
Remington GreinerFrom: Ludington, MI Plays: Trombone
Ryan HeatonFrom: Muskegon, MI Plays: Sax
Terry HollarFrom: Grand Haven, MI Plays: Sax
John JerryFrom: Fenwick, MI Plays: Sax
Jeff JullieFrom: Grand Haven, MI Plays: Trumpet
Bill KelleyFrom: Mt Pleasant, MI Plays: Clarinet
In the late 1980s my daughter was in the Hasting High School Band. Her band director told her there was a special band coming to town for the Summer Fest celebration, and it was a must-see group. That group was the Scottville Clown Band, and I was impressed with how those guys could play. I told myself that someday I’ve got to join that band.
I played in the Central Michigan University Marching Band, the Post Concert Band in Battle Creek, and am presently a member of the Central Michigan Area Concert Band under the direction of Claude Lemmer, the Suncoast Concert Band in Sarasota, Florida, and the Venice Concert Band in Venice Florida.
I am retired from teaching Chemistry at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, and currently live in Mt. Pleasant.
Don KlemmFrom: Ludington, MI Plays: Drum
In 1974 I asked Big George Wilson for his daughter Mary's hand in marriage. When I told him I was a drummer, he said that if I joined the Band I could marry his daughter! I did, we did, and the rest is history.
I am a proud member of the drum section, and have served on the Board for 20 years, including 10 years as President. I am also privileged to be a Life Member of the Band. I enjoy the camaraderie of my clown buddies & the thrill of performing before our thousands of fans.
A life long resident of the Ludington area, I am a retired carpenter. My wife is a retired teacher, and our 2 grandchildren live down the street from us. Life is good in Ludington.
John KoscielniakFrom: Grand Haven, MI Plays: Trumpet
Don KvarnbergFrom: Chelsea, MI Plays: Trumpet
Dave LaddFrom: Fruitport, MI Plays: Trombone
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!!!
Paul LevandowskiFrom: Muskegon, MI Plays: Tuba
Jim LindenauFrom: Scottville, MI Plays: Drum
I was drafted into the band by Big George Wilson and the godfather of the band, Ray Schulte. The past 14 years I've served as the entertainment committee, board member, VP, and currently am President of the Scottville Clown Band of which I am a life member. After 44 years of the band I still enjoy going to all the different places we play.
Fred LyonsFrom: Fenwick, MI Plays: Tuba
Jon MeeuwenbergFrom: Fruitport, MI Plays: Trombone
Dan MeyersFrom: Grand Haven, MI Plays: Trumpet
Don MillerFrom: Manistee, MI Plays: Trumpet
Tom MillerFrom: Middleville, MI Plays: Trumpet
I have been playing trumpet since 5th grade and there are now four generations of Millers who have played trumpet. I am also a member and board member of the Thornapple Wind Band.
Todd MuhaFrom: Traverse City, MI Plays: Trumpet
Bob PinkertonFrom: Scottville, MI Plays: Cymbals
Jim RootFrom: West Olive, MI Plays: Sax
Bill SchapFrom: Spring Lake, MI Plays: Trombone
Todd SeabertFrom: Grand Haven, MI Plays: Trumpet
Stu SmithFrom: Brethren, MI Plays: Sax/Clarinet
Ed StakenasFrom: Free Soil, MI Plays: Sax
Jim TruxtonFrom: Baldwin, MI Plays: Sax
Charlie WeberFrom: Ludington, MI Plays: Trombone
Jerry WosniewskiFrom: Manistee, MI Plays: Trumpet