General Information as of 4/5/23
Registered Scout - In order to participate, you must be a registered Scout, Venture, Explorer, Scouter, or College or Senior Reserve. Former scouts (presently unregistered) need to register with any Council as college reserve.
Age - You must be 16 by the opening of the Jamboree.
Participant and Staff - It is not possible to be in the staff band and be a Jamboree participant with your Council.
Musical Ability - Members of the Jamboree Band will need to play at a high school band level.
Average Age - The average age of a band member in 2017 was 18 not counting directors. In 2023 Youth Staff encompasses ages 16 - 33. Adults may apply.
Information/Recommendation - In order to help select the band, we need to know a little bit about your musical ability and experience. This can be completed by your band director, private teacher, or if you are an older scout in college or an adult, you may complete this by yourself. Click here.
Cost - Please see the Jamboree Service Team page for costs. In addition to the Jamboree staff fee, an additional cost of around $50 will be required for band specific items.
Meals - All meals are covered while at the Jamboree
Travel To and From the Jamboree - Travel to and from the Jamboree is the responsibility of each scout. Travel Information will be available from National.
Arrival /Departure - The band will report on Sunday July 16 (travel day) with 1st meeting/rehearsal on Monday July 17 at 10:00 a.m. Performances begin on opening day of the Jamboree Wednesday July 19. The band will depart with all other staff on Friday July 28. There is some flexibility if needed.
Instrument - With certain exceptions, you must bring your own instrument. Marching drums will be supplied.
Jamboree Band Leadership - The Band Director is George Pinchock former band director at Villanova University in Pennsylvania along with a qualified musical staff.
Getting around the Summit - Travel by foot is the way to get around the Jamboree. Get in shape! The band will have use of a vehicle to transport instruments when needed.
Rehearsal and Gigs - There will be two days of rehearsals prior to opening day. When the scouts arrive, the gigs begin. We could have as many as 20 gigs.
Experiencing the Jamboree - Scouts will have time off to experience parts of the Jamboree.
Visiting the Jamboree - Visitor passes will be available for parents, friends and scouters. Visit the Jamboree website for information.
Social Media - Band specific information will be posted during the Jamboree.
Acceptance Policy - A balanced band will be chosen from all applicants according to instrumentation and ability based on the director recommendation.
About the 2017 Jamboree Band - In 2017, 100% of scouts who applied were accepted. Directors and scouts were from 34 states. Ages ranged from 16 - 25 for the youth staff and 26 - 65 for the adult staff. Everyone who applies is conditionally accepted into the band with the understanding that the Jamboree Band will be chosen from all conditional applicants according to instrumentation and ability.
If you are not selected - Unfortunately, it is not be possible to accept everyone who applies. If you are not selected, you may choose your second or third staff choice, or become a free agent or you may request a full refund. If an opening does occur, you will be given preference to claim that spot.
The Next National Jamboree Band 2027??
The Jamboree band will begin forming approximately 24 months prior to the next Jamboree . To have your name put on a mailing list please email the director George Pinchock at Pinchock@aol.com