Jokela William

William A. Jokela (Bill)

Throughout his military career, Bill called Panama City, Florida, home although now retired in Annandale, Virginia. There’s an old musician's joke with the punchline, “You keep doing it ‘til you get it right!” Bill’s military career has been in three separate “hitches.” After graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University and teaching 3 years near Jacksonville, Florida, he entered the Army as a bandsman in 1968, playing bassoon (and sax) with the 50th Army Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia, and the 76th Army Band in Worms, West Germany. After an 11 year break he began his 2nd hitch as an Army Chaplain, literally serving around the world, from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to the Republic of Korea and Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 7 more years in Europe and served his final tour, (he thought), at Arlington National Cemetery, retiring in 1999.

In 2008, he was able to return to Active Duty for his 3rd, (and final?) hitch and serve 3 years with the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed Army Medical Center ministering to the Wounded Warriors there. Throughout his military career he and his wife, Jane, have been able to play together in Army Bands, German orchestras, an RAF Voluntary Band, various musical productions, community bands and orchestras, and chamber ensembles. Bill continues to perform with various ensembles in the Northern Virginia area.