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.
Categories: Arts & Culture
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