Vacancy - Jazz Trombone - The U.S. Army Blues

JAZZ TROMBONE, The U.S. Army Blues

Application Deadline: February 13, 2018
Audition Date: April 16, 2018

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” announces a vacancy for JAZZ TROMBONE with the Army’s premier jazz ensemble, The U.S. Army Blues.

The U.S. Army Blues, part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Army. After informal beginnings in 1970, this 18-piece ensemble became an official element of the United States Army Band in 1972. Comprised of exceptional jazz musicians from across the nation, the Army Blues strive to fulfill their mission through public concerts, educational outreach, and the preservation of the tradition of America’s unique art form: jazz.

The Army Blues have performed at prestigious venues such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Birdland and Blues Alley in Washington, DC. The band has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Doc Severinsen, Stanley Turrentine, Slide Hampton, Dr. Billy Taylor, Kevin Mahogany, and Terrell Stafford. The Army Blues perform at national conferences such as the Jazz Education Network annual conference, the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Trombone Conference, and the Midwest Band Clinic. The musicians of the Army Blues perform at the White House, the Vice President’s Residence, the Department of State, and for high-level military protocol and ceremonial events in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

Main duties will include rehearsals and performances with The U.S. Army Blues (large jazz ensemble). Additional duties include playing in jazz combos, The U.S. Army Band Downrange (a 3 horn Pop/Funk/R&B popular music group), and The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band.

Military benefits include medical and dental care; 30-days paid vacation each year; permanent assignment to Fort Myer, and educational benefits such as military Tuition Assistance and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

All applicants must have U.S. citizenship due to a security clearance requirement. All invited applicants will be given instructions to coordinate pre-screening with their regional Military Entrance Processing Station to ensure they meet entrance requirements for enlistment in The U.S. Army prior to attending the live audition. Individuals who are offered the position following the live audition must enlist and begin Basic Combat Training prior to their 35th birthday.


Auditions will be held at Brucker Hall, home of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer, Virginia 22211-1306.

Travel expenses for civilians will be paid for by The U.S. Army pending enlistment qualification and funding approval. Military personnel should refer to their respective units to request travel funding. The audition will include the performance of prepared excerpts, sight-reading and jazz improvisation.

Applicants must demonstrate strong, versatile abilities in the following areas:

  • Jazz soloist and ensemble performance
  • Play or sub on lead trombone
  • Strong reading capabilities
  • Proficiency in a variety of musical styles


  • Resume including email address
  • Full-length photograph
  • Military applicants must include their Enlisted Records Brief, or equivalent, and a Commander’s letter of intent, and last 2 NCOERs if applicable
  • An audio recording with the following selections:
    1. Joyce’s 71st N.Y. Reg’t March
    2. Sunny Side (2 excerpts)
    3. I’ll Never Smile Again
    4. Freedom Jazz Dance - correction half note = 112
    5. Basie Straight Ahead
    6. Medium Swing - tune of your choice *see below
    7. Up Tempo 230 bpm+ - tune of your choice *see below

    *for selections 6 and 7 perform the melody and improvise with a live rhythm section or a play-a-long recording

Download application music


  • PDF files for all documents including photos
  • audio files should be recorded at a high sampling rate and saved in a format with minimal compression to better enhance sound quality
  • if possible upload high quality audio files to a folder on Google Drive or Dropbox and share the link in your application email
  • save each excerpt as a separate file unless specified otherwise in the vacancy posting
  • ideally email all photos and documents as attachments in PDF format and then include the shared folder link to the audio files
  • no ZIP files

All application materials must be submitted electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham or to the address below:

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
400 McNair Road
Ft. Myer, VA 22211-1306


An audition repertoire packet will be sent to those selected and invited to a live audition.


Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the JAZZ TROMBONE vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham.