Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

The Scottville Clown Band- "The Big Noise from Scottville"

When you see the Scottville Clown Band, you’re amused by their colorful attire and crazy antics. When you hear them play, you’re amazed at their extraordinary talent. They’ve been entertaining crowds in Michigan for over 100 years, with no sign of slowing down. Perhaps their best performances are during the summer parades, with “The Stripper” being the favorite number. The horns, cymbals, and drums give the Clown Band their other name, “The Big Noise from Scottville.”

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Here is a Typical Show Schedule for the Scottville Clown Band:


  • Baldwin AmVets Blessing Weekend at the Baldwin AmVets-1959 W 24th St, Baldwin, 2pm


  • Irons RV Park Show at Irons RV Park & Campground- 4623 W. 10 1/2 Mile Rd., Irons, 3pm
  • Scottville Clown Band Patriotic Concert at the Scottville Clown Band Optimist Bandshell- 105 Green St., Scottville, 7pm



  • Onekama Days Parade in downtown Onekama with concert to follow in Village Park- Portage Ave., Onekama, 1pm
  • Homecoming Les Bailey Memorial Concert with Pentwater Civic Band on the Village Green- 327 S. Hancock St., Pentwater, 7:30pm
  • Homecoming Parade in downtown Pentwater, 4pm


  • Scottville Summer Concert, 7pm, Scottville


  • Frankfort Fall Festival Parade, Downtown Frankfort, 11am

Stay tuned for updated information on the Scottville Clown Band’s 2022 tour schedule!

The History of the Scottville Clown Band

In 1903, a musical group of Scottville merchants dressed up as hillbillies and began entertaining at local carnivals. Their popularity grew until World War II called its members away and the group disbanded. In 1947, a local businessman, Ray Schulte, resurrected the group, and to this day, the Scottville Clown Band continues to bring smiles to countless faces. The city of Scottville is located ten miles east of Ludington, with about 1,200 residents. This small town has certainly been put on the map through the notoriety of the Scottville Clown Band.

Jim Frost Sr. & Jim Frost Jr. perform "The Stripper" as part of show on fourth of July in Ludington. | Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Who are These Guys?

Clown Band members come from all over Michigan and over 14 other states, including Florida, New York, Tennessee and California. They represent all walks of life, from police officers and farmers to doctors, bankers, and disc jockeys.

The members are represented by a board of directors, a group of people that make decisions on band operations and policies.


Their charitable contributions include funding and maintaining both the Scottville Clown Band Shell and the Museum of Music at Historic White Pine Village. 

One of the primary goals of the Scottville Clown Band is to provide scholarships for students accepted to summer programs for any of the performing arts, including vocal music, theater, or instrumental music. Each year money is given out to over 30 students, helping them with costs to places like Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Interlochen. The scholarship recipients are invited to play with the Scottville Clown Band in early summer at a concert performed at Waterfront Park in Ludington. 

For more information on the Scottville Clown Band’s 2021 Performances, please contact the event organizer:

Scottville Clown Band Board of Directors

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