Support Staff

Lighting Designer/Programmer

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Audition date(s): TBD

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” announces a vacancy for LIGHTING DESIGNER/PROGRAMMER.

Located five minutes from downtown Washington, DC, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” is the Army’s premier musical organization. “Pershing’s Own” provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in support of Soldiers and their families, public diplomacy, community and international relations, recruiting initiatives, and music education programs. Our mission is to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad.

Personnel are promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) upon assignment to “Pershing’s Own” and enjoy full military benefits including 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.

Audition Information

The Army Band’s LIGHTING DESIGNER provides guidance and support for some of the nation's highest-profile events. Working under the Technical Support Group, you will be a part of a highly motivated team surrounded by technical experts that support many musical events in and around the Nation’s Capital, meeting rigorous deadlines in an environment of change. Support for The Army Band includes The U.S. Army Concert Band, String Orchestra, Full Orchestra, Ceremonial Band (marching), Blues (jazz), Downrange (pop/rock), SATB Chorus, and smaller ensembles (i.e. brass and woodwind quintet, small mixed vocal ensemble).

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

· Be a forward-thinking person who can work independently as well as part of a team

· Collaborates with Director on establishing a lighting design

· Collaborates with Director, set and Costume Designer on a color palette

· Creates a lighting plot, ground and elevation plan

· Creates cue sheets

· Coordinates rental of additional lighting equipment

· Works within the production budget

· Project planning and in-depth knowledge of lighting consoles, networking, and fixtures

· Able to create, read and interpret system drawings, lighting plots, schematics and plans

· Ability to program lighting consoles

· Provides technical assistance to the various teams on permanent installations, events and tours at the local and international level (troubleshooting), coordinators, technical advisors, system designers, programmers and all other partners

· Completes equipment lists and supports the preparation of contracts with those responsible for the projects to be delivered

· Oversees the integration, programming and configuration of equipment

· Acts as a consultant when acquiring certain equipment

· Creates the design and connection plans

· Manage instrument, equipment, and vehicle logistics

Additional Duties Include

· Attends production meetings

· Attends first rehearsal and presents design concept

· Attends other rehearsals as available

· Attends load-in, lighting hang, lighting focus, level set, dress rehearsals, etc.

· Familiar with computer networking, applicable hardware and software

· Helps inventory items

· Establish and implement processes and standards for equipment management and deployment

· Trains team members as needed

· Routine maintenance and regular equipment inventories of lighting and production equipment.

· Driving 16’ - 24’ non-CDL equipment trucks.

· Working for extended periods of time at outdoor venues in cool early Spring temperatures and during the hot and humid Summer months


· Significant experience in professional Lighting Design

· BA or Master of Professional Studies in Lighting Design, Technical Theatre, Theatre Arts, or equivalent touring experience preferred.

· Competency on consoles such as: EOS, ION, Virtuoso, GrandMa, and Whole Hog IV

· Ability to work at a professional level and take direction from superiors, while operating in a positive and consultative team environment.

· Demonstrated expertise using CAD software such as Vectorworks.

· Lift at least 35 lbs.

· Competent written and verbal communication skills with strong organizational skills.

· Additional experience in the following is preferred but not required: technical direction, stage management, electrical, RF coordination, or audio system design.

· proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

All applicants must meet basic enlistment standards for The US Army including:

  • Age 17-34 at the time of the audition
  • Currently hold U.S. Citizenship
  • Meet height/weight standards
  • Meet medical, moral and physical requirements. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, recent surgeries, or criminal history, please consult with your local Army Recruiter prior to applying to confirm enlistment eligibility.

To Apply, Please Submit The Following

• Cover letter

• Résumé

• List of at least 2 references with contact information

• Portfolio – Samples should cover a variety of work experience and materials used or created in the field of Lighting Design.

• Current military applicants must also include their Enlisted Records Brief or equivalent, Commander's Letter of Intent to Release, and last two NCOERs if applicable.

After portfolios are reviewed, selected finalists will be given an invitation to interview at The U.S. Army Band, Fort Myer, VA. 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.

Please email application materials to Sergeant First Class Christopher Buckley.

Contact the Auditions Coordinator

Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the LIGHTING DESIGNER/PROGRAMMER vacancy may contact Sergeant First Class Christopher Buckley.



The annual starting salary for Staff Sergeant equates to $66, 899 without dependents and $74, 207 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

Learn More About Army Benefits


  • 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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