The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band

Ceremonial Horn

Apply before: June 1, 2021

Audition date(s): August 9, 2021

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army’s premier musical organization, announces a vacancy for HORN with The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band.

Providing a musical backdrop for many of the nation’s most notable events, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band has a worldwide reputation for extraordinary musicianship. The musicians in this elite ensemble have been trained at some of the most prestigious conservatories and universities in the country. The Ceremonial Band is comprised of 72 musicians whose principal function is the performance of funerals in Arlington National Cemetery and various other high-visibility ceremonial events in the National Capital region.

Ceremonial duties are primarily performed outdoors in ceremonial marching formations. The typical work schedule varies from day to day, but mainly consists of daytime work hours with an occasional night or weekend. There is some travel but it averages less than three weeks a year. Performances, in addition to those in Arlington National Cemetery, include White House and Pentagon arrival ceremonies, wreath laying ceremonies given in honor of visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries, and monthly military retirement ceremonies.

Ceremonial musicians substitute within other elements of The U.S. Army Band and have regular opportunities to perform on concerts, recitals and as soloists.

Audition Information

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 and sight-reading.

To Apply For The Vacancy, Please Submit The Following:

  • One Page Resume, including your email and phone number
  • A recent, high quality, unedited audio recording of the following excerpts:
    • Mozart- Concerto No. 4 Mvt 1, exposition
    • Strauss- Don Juan, pickup to the sixteenth measure before Rehearsal O to two measures after Rehearsal P (Horn 1)
    • Beethoven- Symphony No. 7 Mvt 1, measure 84 through measure 110 (Horn 1)
    • Brahms- Symphony No. 3 Mvt 3, measure 98 through measure 110 (Horn 1)
    • Beethoven- Symphony No. 3 Mvt 3, pickup to measure 172 to measure 205 (Horn 2)
  • Current military applicants must also include their Enlisted Recrods Brief, or equivalent, Commander's Letter of Intent to Release, and last two NCOERs if applicable.

Download Application Music

Preferred Application File Formats

  • PDF files only for all documents
  • Audio files should be submitted as .mp3 or .wav only
  • Each excerpt should be submitted as a separate audio file
  • Upload audio files to a Google Drive or Dropbox folder and share the direct link in the body of application email

All application materials must be submitted electronically to the Assistant Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Christopher Buckley

Live Audition Repertoire

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

Contact an Auditions Coordinator

Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the CEREMONIAL HORN may contact Sergeant First Class Christopher Buckley.



The annual starting salary for Staff Sergeant equates to $67,836 without dependents and $70,320 with dependents


Full medical and dental coverage

Paid Leave

30 days paid vacation annually


The Blended Retirement System allows you to immediately begin contributing to a retirement account, in addition to being eligible for a pension after 20 years of active duty service.


Earn full tuition for higher education through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Also, tuition assistance is available for continuing education.

Military Rank

Members of “Pershing’s Own” are given the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 42S (forty two sierra), “Special Band Musician”. Personnel are promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) two months after completion of Basic Combat Training.


Permanent duty assignment to Fort Myer, VA, located near the heart of Washington, DC

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  • The U.S. Army Band’s audition and hiring process values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • All applicants must currently hold U.S. Citizenship
  • Civilian applicants must be 34 years of age or younger at the time of the audition
  • All applicants must meet the standard requirements for enlistment in the United States Army
  • Vacancies are available to qualified civilians, and military personnel of the grade E-6 and below. Military applicants above the grade of E-6 and/or having more than 10 years time in service must contact the Auditions Coordinator prior to applying to confirm eligibility.

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