The Jamboree Band is a part of the Daily Ceremonies program. These
musicians will play at some of the flag ceremonies and will also
perform concerts at many other locations around the Jamboree.
We have performed at the gigantic arena shows held at the
Jamboree, on the same bill with The Oakridge Boys, The Beach Boys,
Louise Mandrell, Lee Greenwood, The U.S. Marine Corps Band, The
U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band, The U.S. Naval Academy
Band, and many others.
The Jamboree Band has performed at many ceremonies for visiting
dignataries including the King of Sweden, Nancy Reagan, President
George H. W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W.
Bush. The band has performed on national television news, National
Public Radio and can seen and heard in the two Jamboree videos from
1993 and 1997. There is a even
a picture of a portion of the band and
its long-time director, Bill Nelson, in the Music/Bugling
merit badge pamphlet
The band usually performs concerts for the general public as a
public relations arm of the Jamboree and B.S.A. in the local
communities surrounding the Jamboree site. In 2010 the
Jamboree Band played in Bolling Green
Fredricksburg, VA. The Jamboree Band has also made
trips to Washington D.C. in recent years,
performing on the steps of the United States Capitol,
in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and
at the Washington Monument Grounds
The 2001 National Jamboree Band at the United States Capitol
As you can see, members of the Jamboree Band are mighty busy.
You have some time to see the rest of the Jamboree and do the
things that the regular participants are doing - a few hours most
days, perhaps a couple of whole days - but you're going to be
pretty much a full-time musician for a couple of weeks.