He obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota, which later conferred an honorary Doctorate upon him and, in 1941, a Masters Degree from Northwestern University in Illinois. He co-founded the Japanese Band Director"s Association, served as President of the American Bandmasters Association,and served on the Board of Directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Following years of heart trouble, Paul Yoder died April 4, 1990 in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
While investigating where in Japan his music was being played, and generating royalty checks, Yoder met many band directors interested in and performing western music
Thus began an involvement with music education and concert bands in Japan that would include coordinating performance at the MidWest Clinic by many Japanese bands and being dubbed by contemporary Alfred Reed "an unofficial ambassador of band music between the United States and Japan". Yoder"s first band composition, Our Family Band, was published in 1933.
He wrote over 1,500 original compositions and arrangements during the course of his career. He composed and arranged with a focus on works for young bands and also produced several instrumental methods.
Biographer Steven Kelly stated "his emphasis on ensemble class instruction changed the manner in which bands were taught" and also that a band student between the 30s and 70s in America would be unlikely to be able to go without experiencing a Yoder piece.
Yoder published primarily through Niel Kjos publishing, but also nearly 100 other firms worldwide. Paul Yoder was also the author of charts for over 30 marching band shows. Paul Yoder also composed Texas State"s Fight song "Go Bobcats!" in 1961.