Executive Director Mike Smith has contacted me for many years to include the Scottville Clown Band Inc. in the festival. The band has been a part of the festival for over 50 years. The members of the band absolutely love playing in Grand Haven. However, if Mike and his fellow organizers choose not to bring the SCB to the stadium, that is their right. We are professional enough to accept the fact that there are other acts that would like to be part of the weeklong lineup. We will be in the parade on that Saturday.
The fact is, the Scottville Clown Band each and every year adds new music to our concert show, something we spend every Tuesday night working on from the second Tuesday in February through the first Tuesday in June each year. But while we change our program, there are many, many tunes that are signature with the Scottville Clown Band. Our concert program has become just as popular as the band marching in parades, and there have been no complaints in the past 15-plus years on our show from places such as the White Lake summer program, Pentwater Homecoming, Baldwin Troutarama, Scottville Summer Concert Series and Ludington Summer Concert Series — to name a few.
We are not the sort of act that people will pay much to see, especially when we play all over the place free of charge to the public. Waterfront Stadium has a gate to offset expenses and our organization has seen enough festivals to know what that is all about. To try and justify not having us play by saying that we're "a bit tired and hadn't changed any of their material in 15 years," and to imply an entire community feels that way — I think Mike could have been more diplomatic.
We hope the community will continue to support the acts brought to the waterfront for their enjoyment. Many people work year-round to make the Coast Guard Festival the biggest and best festival around, at least in the opinion of the Scottville Clown Band, and we have seen plenty of them.
Scottville Clown Band Inc.