Vacancy - Guitar - The U.S. Army Strings

GUITAR, The U.S. Army Strings

AUDITION DATE: February 26, 2018

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

The U.S. Army Strings, a premier ensemble of the U.S. Armed Forces, provide a musical backdrop for many of the country’s most notable events. Their mission is to serve as musical ambassadors for high-level military and government events at home and abroad, as well as in concert for public audiences. The elite musicians that comprise this ensemble have been trained at the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country.

The U.S. Army Strolling Strings are one of the most requested musical ensembles by our nation’s military leadership. Since its inception during the Eisenhower administration, the group has provided musical entertainment at the White House for every president. Missions include performing for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, kings, queens, and heads of state from countries worldwide. The Strolling Strings offer audiences the unique perspective of being amongst the musicians who elegantly move about the venue playing their instruments. The Strolling Strings offer a wide array of memorized repertoire, including patriotic, classical, international, jazz, Broadway, bluegrass, and exclusive music arrangements for special guests and events.

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.

Due to security clearance requirements all applicants must have U.S. citizenship. All invited applicants will be given instructions to coordinate pre-screening with their regional Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) 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.


The position of GUITAR for the United States Army Strings is unique. The primary focus will be to play rhythm guitar on Strolling Strings’ missions. Additionally this person must demonstrate mastery on the instrument, the flexibility to perform with all Elements of The US Army Band, extensive knowledge of commercial harmony and facility reading lead sheet notation. Qualified candidates should have significant experience performing with other musicians, working under a conductor and playing diverse styles, to include pop/commercial, Broadway, jazz, and classical. Qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to memorize quickly, produce professional quality arrangements for The Army Strings, work within specific stylistic and musical guidelines and operate under tight deadlines.


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.


  • 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

  • Application music is not provided. All applicants must purchase all music they select to record and submit.

A recording containing the following:

  • Traditional jazz small group: 1 medium-to-up-tempo standard from The American Popular Songbook (George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, etc.)
  • Solo jazz guitar: 1 ballad from The American Popular Songbook
  • Rhythm guitar: 2 choruses each of “I Got Rhythm” (key: Bb) Metronome: quarter = 200-210 and “In A Mellow Tone” Metronome quarter = 135 in the style of Freddie Green.
  • Play along with Army Strings’ online recording of Valse Bluette from the Strings + You tab of the Army Band website:—-strings-you.html Click on “Downloadable Materials” and select the Accordion part and the “No Accordion” recording.
  • Solo classical: Allegretto, op. 35, #22 by Fernando Sor
  • Candidate’s free choice: one extra recording or video that showcases the candidate’s playing in the best way - their own CD, playing on someone else’s CD, a performance with a big band or small group etc.
  • If candidate has arranging skills, please submit a representative sample, regardless of genre


  • 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

All applications will receive an email confirmation they have been received. If you do not receive email confirmation within 5 business days after emailing your application please follow up to ensure we received it. If you sent via courier to Ft Myer you should also receive an email confirmation once we receive it.

All application materials must be submitted electronically by December 13, 2017 to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham or to the address below:

The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
400 McNair Road
Ft. Myer, VA 22211-1306


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


Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the GUITAR vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham or (703) 696-0206.