Vacancy - Percussion - The U.S. Army Concert Band

SECTION PERCUSSION, The U.S. Army Concert Band

AUDITION DATE: December 10, 2019

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army’s premier musical organization, announces a vacancy for SECTION PERCUSSION in The U.S. Army Concert Band.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, The U.S. Army Concert Band has performed in concert venues such as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Hollywood Bowl. Throughout the year the ensemble participates in ongoing educational outreach and often appears at national and international music events, including the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the National Association for Music Education, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the American Bandmasters Association.

During the summer months, the Concert Band performs outdoor concerts on the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol and at venues throughout the Washington, DC area. Regular concerts are also performed throughout the year at The United States Army Band’s home, Brucker Hall, located on historic Fort Myer, in Arlington, Virginia.

In support of international diplomacy efforts, the Concert Band has performed joint concerts with the Soviet Army, the Russian Navy, and the Ukrainian Navy bands, and has appeared in military tattoos in Scotland, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Australia, and Japan. The Concert Band’s 2011 and 2012 goodwill exchange concert tours with the Military Band of the People’s Liberation Army of China, entitled Friendship and Cooperation Through Music, is indicative of the importance these musical ambassadors play in matters of international diplomacy and strategic outreach.

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 $62,065 without dependents; $66,925 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 and sight-reading.

Section percussionists routinely perform diverse repertoire with the Concert Band and other musical ensembles within “Pershing’s Own”. In addition to these performances, marching ceremonies of national and international significance are supported as needed. Percussion applicants are expected to have a diverse skill set that includes symphonic percussion, rudimental drumming, timpani, as well as some drum set experience.


  • Resume
  • Full-length photograph
  • Military applicants must also include their Enlisted Records Brief, or equivalent, a Commander’s letter of intent, and last 2 NCOERs if applicable
  • A high quality, unedited, recent video recording containing the following selections:

    1. Rudimental Snare Drum Etude or Solo of the candidate’s choice, to be performed with traditional grip
    2. Concert Snare Drum Etude of the candidate’s choice
    3. 4-mallet Solo of the candidate’s choice
    4. 2-mallet Solo or Excerpt of the candidate’s choice
    5. Etude III from The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth
    6. Demonstration of the following Drum Set Styles: Rock, Funk, Swing, Latin

Download Application Music


PDF files for all documents including photos:

  • Video recordings should be uploaded to YouTube using ‘unlisted’ links
  • Each excerpt should be uploaded as a separate video file
  • Either submit the unlisted link to each video, or the link to your full playlist containing all videos.
  • 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 by October 4, 2019 electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Timothy Sutfin.


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


Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the SECTION PERCUSSION vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Timothy Sutfin.