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.
From: Grand Haven, MI
I am retired from MSU College of Law. My job kept me busy in the support of computers, printers and the network. I joined the Scottville Clown Band in 2006 and play alto and bass saxophone. I also played in the Lansing Community College Jazz Ensemble, the Ionia-Maple Valley Community Concert Band and I have sat in with some guys playing Dixie & jazz. I am a member of the FIRE band at Trinity Church in Stanton and a member of the Danish Band in Greenville. I have also performed with the Gateway Community Band in Clare. I served as VP of the Clown Band for several years, one of the Directors of the Clown Band Board for several years, work on the Scottville Clown Band music library and was honored to receive the Scottville Clown Band's Member of the Year award in 2008. This is definitely a fun time!
From: Fenwick, MI
From: Grand Haven, MI
I joined the Scottville Clown Band in 1997 with support from Barney Barnett and Chuck Kercher. 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.
From: Mt. Pleasant, MI
I started playing drums in grade school under the direction of C. Howard Hornung, director of Ludington bands. 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.
From: Ludington, MI
From: Grand Haven, MI
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.
From: Chelsea, MI
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!!
From: Fruitport, MI
I am so excited to be playing with the Scottville Clown Band since 2016! I started playing tuba in 8th grade after I pleaded with my band director to let me switch from trumpet. After he agreed, I called my mom to pick me up from school and she asked "why? Can't you take the bus?" I said I can't bring a sousphone home on the bus. The rest is history. I also play with the MSU Alumni Band (1985, 1989-91), Michigan Lions All State Band (1984), University of St Thomas Bands (1995-1998). I currently live in Muskegon with my spouse and our Yorkie "Gizmo.
From: Muskegon, MI
My name is Jim Lindenau, I've been in the band since 1973. I grew up in Scottville, Mi. and started the playing in the band at age 12. 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.
From: Ludington, MIScottville, MI