Jerry Yochelson's Scouting experience began in 1952, when he became a Wolf in Cub Scout Pack 81
in Washington, DC. His musical experience began the same year, when his grandfather
presented him with a half-size violin. Violin lessons followed and he
joined the school orchestra.
A few years later amateur radio beckoned as an interesting and challenging hobby,
and in 1958 radio station K3OIK went on the air.
His band experience began in 1961 when he
found that the Anacostia High School Cadet Band had no use for a fiddler but badly
needed a flutist. At that point John Philip Sousa joined Mozart and
Irving Berlin as favorite composers.
Jerry served as Captain of the A. H. S. Cadet Band in 1963.
Jerry returned to Scouting in 1990 when his son Isaac became a Wolf in Cub Scout
Pack 52 in Cranbury, NJ. He has yet to move on, having served as Cubmaster of
Pack 52 for twenty years now. He is also a member of the Troop Committee of Troop 52.
Jerry is a counselor for a number of merit badges including Music and Bugling, and finds
badges such as Aviation, Railroading, and Computers are great to do with the Scouts,
having lived through much of the history. It was
fascinating to be a counselor for the historic Signaling merit badge in 2010. Jerry
has also helped to organze Cubaramas and Camporees for the Mercer Area District,
Central New Jersey Council.
Amateur radio had more influence than music on early career directions.
In 1967 Jerry earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from
M.I.T., having also taken all two of the music courses then offered there.
A 45-year career in electrical engineering and computer programming
(and raising six children) briefly curtailed
his musical activities. He has been an amateur radio operator for more than
half a century, operating today as AA2ZY, and in a way ham radio led back to music.
He attended the 1997 National Jamboree as a radio operator on the
staff of K2BSA, and was very impressed by the 1997 National Jamboree Band. Returning
home, he organized the Cranbury Scout Band, which is still going strong.
In 1998 Jerry,
along with many of the members of the Cranbury Scout Band,
joined the Jersey Jamboree Band.
The Scout Band was soon playing his Cranbury Scouts March
For several special events with American Revolution themes,
he has formed a Fife & Drum Corps including members of the
Cranbury Scout Band.
He composed the Cranbury Grand Memorial March
for the Fifes & Drums in 2003 and
The Mystery March
as the theme song for MAD's Double Eagle
Mystery Camporee in 2006.
In 2010 Jerry served on the Senior Staff of the National Jamboree Band and
really enjoyed working with and playing
in the Band, as well as getting to know Director Bill Nelson, the other members of the Staff,
and the members of the Band. It was a real high point to hear the Jamboree Band play
The Big Brass March
which he had composed, as well as the Boy Scout Centennial March
which Dave Mruzek composed.
He sure is looking forward to working with and playing in the 2013 Jamboree Band
at the Summit.
Jerry serves as webmaster for this 2013 National Jamboree Band website. He also
has put together a web site with an overview of the
history of Scout Bands at Jamborees