Vacancy - Lead Jazz Alto Saxophone - The U.S. Army Blues


Application Deadline: January 7, 2021
Audition Date: March 8, 2021

We will continue to closely monitor all developments related to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines. Audition dates are subject to change.

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” announces a vacancy for LEAD JAZZ ALTO SAXOPHONE 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.

Annual starting salary for Staff Sergeant is $64,412 without dependents; $67,472 with dependents.

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:

  • Improvisational skill in all styles of jazz & commercial music
  • Playing in big bands and combos
  • Sight reading


  • 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
  • A high quality, unedited audio recording with the following selections:
    1. Saxophone: Alvin Batiste- Cochise
    2. Saxophone:Kenny Barron- Voyage
    3. Saxophone: Sammy Fain & Bob Hilliard- Alice in Wonderland
    4. Saxophone: Billy Strayhorn- Blood Count
    5. Flute: Guy Wood & Robert Mellin- My One and Only Love, Beginning to Rehearsal B
    6. Flute: Ab Major Scale, two octaves; slurred ascending, staccato descending
    7. Clarinet: Juan Tizol- Moon Over Cuba, Rehearsal E to Rehearsal G
    8. Clarinet: E major and F major scales; E and F Major Scales, three octaves; slurred ascending, staccato descending

  • The following selections are to be performed with a live rhythm section OR a play-a-long recording:
    1. Saxophone: Medium Blues, 4-6 choruses
    2. Saxophone: Up-Tempo Rhythm Changes (quarter equals 220+), 2-3 choruses
    3. Saxophone: Tune of candidate’s choice

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

Recent enlistment policy has heavily restricted prior service personnel from re-entering the Army. Prior service personnel are advised to consult with their local Army recruiter about these policies before making travel arrangements.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Tim Sutfin:


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


Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the LEAD JAZZ ALTO SAXOPHONE vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Tim Sutfin.