Jack Whelan played soprano bugle for 16 years: eight with the Y.D. drum and bugle corps from 1933 to 1941, and eight more with Lieutenant Norman Prince, from 1948 to 1955. He also served on the Princemen’s board of directors for three years. He taught marching and maneuvering to many of the best-known corps in New England, including Most Precious Blood of Hyde Park, Immaculate Conception of Winchester and St. Mary’s Cardinals of Beverly. St. Anthony’s drill team won the VFW nationals 12 times while he was instructor. He served as a judge with the All American, National, Eastern States and Massachusetts judges associations, and judged in both the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Drum Corps International national contests.. He was one of the organizers of the Northeastern Judges Association, and was chief judge and co-ordinator for the Maine Band Directors Association. He served as the World Open co-director and chief judge; the CYO Nationals coordinator and judge.