Support Staff

Production Stage Manager

Apply before: May 30, 2022

Audition date(s): TBD

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” announces a vacancy for PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER.

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 Production Stage Managers provide 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

· Create a Prompt Script compiled with notes on musicians' cues and requirements for props, lighting, and sound

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

· Create and set up rehearsal schedules

· Manage instrument, equipment, and vehicle logistics

· Liaise with Production Manager regarding budgets

· Supervise the in and out (When the set, lighting, and sound are installed and removed from the space)

· Make alterations to the set and props between scene changes

· Cue the Lighting and Sound Technicians (call shows)

· Create a risk assessment to ensure the safety of the entire company

· Manage the backstage and onstage area during performances

· Create 'to scale' Stage Diagrams

Additional Duties Include

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

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

· handling orchestral instruments

· 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 Stage Management

· Associates or BA in Theatre Management, Technical Theatre, Theatre Arts, Event Management, or touring experience preferred.

· 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

· Have excellent verbal and written communication and leadership skills

· 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, lighting design, 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 Stage Management such as a Prompt book, production schedules, or set designs.

• 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 PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER audition 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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