Local scouts play in Jamboree Band

These Venture Scouts played in the Jamboree Band at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree earlier this summer.

By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger

Scott Teater, instrumental band instructor at Burlington-Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School in Burlington and a Venture Crew advisor, has attended four Boy Scouts of America National Jamborees. This year, Teater, 29, brought seven co-ed Venture Crew members with him to participate in the Jamboree Band.
“It’s the first time I’ve been able to take youths with me,” Teater said. “They had a blast.”
Three of the youths attend Notre Dame: Amanda Tatti, Lydia Becker and Katie Tucker. Colton Ketchum lives in Danville and is a member of Divine Mercy Parish-Burlington.
Teater, an Eagle Scout who became involved in leading Venture Crew as an adult, played in the band as a youth and has been a director three times. Its members are chosen through written applications and recommendations.
Eighty youths from 29 states played in the Jamboree band. The Burlington-area youths spent two days rehearsing before the start of the jamboree. During the 10-day jamboree, they played about 25 gigs, Teater said. They played at base camp bashes and played a few gigs off-site at veterans’ homes and the mall.
The “big” gig was playing at the closing ceremonies of the jamboree with roughly 30,000 people in attendance. “It was quite a breathtaking experience” Teater said.


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