The Eveleth Clown Band began after World War II and was originally sponsored by the local VFW post. In 1949, the group borrowed $3000 to travel to Miami, where they performed at the Orange Bowl for an audience of 50,000. They played from a hotel roof at the VFW National Convention in Chicago the following year. The size of the group has fluctuated over the years, but the Eveleth Clown Band has become a legendary institution. Members come back to Eveleth each summer to play songs like "Beer Barrel Polka," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Just Because," "You Are My Sunshine," and "In Heaven There Is No Beer." See below for links to more articles about the band's history.
Sung to the tune of the University of Notre Dame's fight song:
"Beer, beer for old Eveleth High
You bring the whiskey, I'll bring the rye
Send somebody out for gin
And don't let a sober person in!
Juniors will stagger, seniors will fall,
Alumni will be the drunkest of all
As the royal faculty
Go staggering down the hall."