Historic Clown Band Perform Free Muskegon Thanksgiving Concert
MUSKEGON, MI – The Scottville Clown Band is giving a free concert this week after a plea for help was received with a flood of community donations.
The historic Mason County Marching Band, known for their colorful outfits and fun antics, will kick off the McGraft Park Summer Concert Series, 2204 Wickham Dr., on Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
“We’ve had so many fans in the Muskegon area donating, and we just want to say a big thank you,” said Kamden Cornelisse, a tuba player for the group.
The Scottville Clown Band has asked for financial help to last another 100 years after it ceased performances last summer due to COVID-19.
Cornelisse said the fundraiser was “beyond success”, allowing the group of 200 members to play the event for free.
The donations also supported the group’s endowment which offers scholarships to students interested in the fine arts to attend summer camps.
Related: Free summer concerts return at McGraft Park in Muskegon
The Scottville Clown Band typically spends the summer marching at local events like the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, Grand Rapids Pulaski Days, and the Danish Greenville Festival.
Musicians from across western Michigan play a range of instruments including piccolos, trumpets, saxophones, and drums.
“Everyone is such good friends in this band that when we’re not playing it’s just missing a piece of your life,” Cornelisse said.
The troupe has had a full summer with shows scheduled across Michigan. The full lineup can be seen at scottvilleclownband.com.
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