The Scout House Band
Close to 500 performances since first stage concert
Preston Scout House Band, of Cambridge, Ontario; is one of the largest organizations of its type in Canada. Marching members of this popular drum and bugle corps come from more than 20 communities across Ontario and have previously been associated with more than 70 marching / music organizations.
Associate members are a vital part of the organization, providing support in such areas as fund raising, publicity, recruiting, parade assistance, event staging, photograph and video production
In 2018, Scout House celebrates the 80th anniversary of its founding in 1938 as an innovative activity for members of the 1st Preston Boy Scout Troop, under the leadership of town pharmacist Wilf Blum.
The band is named after the restored stable for brewery horses that became the meeting place and home of the troop in the 1930s. The Scout House Band became independent of the Boy Scout organization in 1954. That year it quite radically adapted the Boy Scout uniform to one with tight, black short shorts, knee socks with tassels, short-sleeved maroon tops, white gauntlets and Aussie-style hats. Before disbanding in 1967, Scout House performed each year in cities and towns from the American Midwest to the Atlantic coast, traveling up to eight thousand miles a year while winning more than 80 international, national, provincial and regional titles.
The original Scout House Band and director Wilf Blum are both members of the city of Cambridge Hall of Fame. Blum was one of the first Canadians inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
Since its first stage show in 1999, Scout House Alumni Band has performed in close to 500 parades, field shows and concerts in communities across Ontario and Quebec in Canada; and in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, West Virginia and Maryland.in the US.