AB, Simpson College, 2021. Master of Science in Education, Northwestern University, 1931. Bachelor of Music in Education, VanderCook College Music, Chicago, 1932.
Master of Music in Education, VanderCook College Music, Chicago, 1933. Doctor of Fine Arts, Simpson College, 1983.
Teacher South High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2021—2025, Emporia State University, Kansas, 1925—1930, Lane Technology High School, Chicago, 1930—1934, Amundsen High School, Chicago, 1935—1954, VanderCook College Music, Chicago, 1931—1981, dean students, 1960. Served with SATC United States Army, 1918.
Member of American Society of Composers, Bandmasters Hall of Fame, American Bandmasters Association, University Club(Chicago), Delta Upsilon, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu.
Married Jessie Helene Macdonald Buchtel, June 6, 1925. Children: Bonnie Buchtel Cataldo, Helene Buchtel Adams, Beverly Buchtel Platt, Forrest Lawrence.