Springfield Boy Scout Band

1920 - 1949

Springfield was home to the world’s largest Boy Scout band, led by R. Ritchie Robertson, a music teacher at the then-Springfield High School. Established in 1920, the band had 400 members at the height of its success. The band quickly grew in fame, and over the years, performed before several distinguished individuals, including John Phillips Sousa and Presidents Warren G. Harding and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The band dissolved in 1949, but marked its place in the history of Springfield, music, and the Boy Scouts. This video footage of Springfield’s Boy Scout band features the scouts in both Springfield and St. Louis. 

Object Details

Categories: Arts & Culture

Creator: Unknown

Date: 1920 - 1949

Subject: Music, Boy Scouts

Contributing Institution: Springfield-Greene County Library District

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County: Greene County, St. Louis City

Region: Southwest, St. Louis Metro

Type: Video

Language: English

Latitude: 37.13129008824761

Longitude: -93.29818625397216

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