The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" announces a vacancy for 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.
Auditions will be held at Brucker Hall, home of The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own".
This audition will have an optional pre-screening taped round. Travel expenses will be paid for by the U.S. Army for invited civilian candidates who pass the pre-screening round for this audition 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. Applicants will be invited to a semi-final and final round on March 15th and 16th.
Recordings for this pre-screened taped round will be due Jan 7th, 2022
All applicants may also choose to attend a live pre-screening round on March 14th. The semi-final and final rounds will be held on March 15th and 16th. Travel expenses will be the responsibility of the applicant and will not be paid for by The US Army.
Applications for the live pre-screened round will be due February 28th, 2022
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.
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