Since 1903, the Scottville Clown Band has entertained millions of people in Michigan, but 2020 has taken its toll, putting the group in financial trouble.
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The Avid Michigan Parade and festival-goers should know about the “ Scottville Clown Band, ” which has entertained millions of people across the state since its inception in 1903.
On healing from a no-gig 2020, due to COVID-19 and subsequent shutdowns, and with an unpredictable performance schedule for 2021 ahead, the legendary band find themselves seriously strapped for cash to cover expenses and have need financial help. Continue.
The group formed 118 years ago in Scottsville, Michigan, located about 10 miles east of Ludington. It was then known as “The Merchant Band” and only had about twenty members.
The group was popular and performed extensively until they were forced to stop in the early 1940s.
“When World War II started, the band ceased to exist,” said George Wilson V, who is the current ‘Street Leader’ of the Clown Band. “The group suspended its operations from 1942 to 1946, then restarted in 1947.
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