A little bit of the National Scout Jamboree encamped in West Virginia this week will come to Charleston Friday night for some entertainment.
The 65 members of the Boy Scout Jamboree Band will perform a 40-minute opening set for Live on the Levee.
The performers range in age from 16 to 26 and come from 32 states. They began playing together for the first time last week.
Their director, George Pinchock, promises the audience will be surprised to know that.
"I have to tell you I am so thrilled at the talent in this band," Pinchock said. "There are kids who are All-American, All-State, All-District. . ."
"My job is to bring out the talent that's already there."
Pinchock has been involved in scouting since 1958 and said this gig marries his love of outdoors with his love of music. His regular job is associate director of music for Villanova University.
He's been preparing to head the Jamboree band for three years, when he learned longtime director Bill Nelson was planning to retire.
"We began the process to recruit scouts from all over the United States," he said. "We advertised on our website (www.jamboband.org) and we got a little blurb in Boy's Life magazine. And pretty soon we had people sending us applications."