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.