Army Music
An Army Soldier plays the electric guitar as a member of Army Music

FLUTE/PICCOLO

As a flute player in the Army Music program, you will be required to be proficient on both flute and piccolo.

Flute players perform in concert band, ceremonial band, woodwind quintet and other small ensembles based on their strengths and the needs of the band.

OBOE

Oboists perform in concert band, woodwind quintet and ceremonial band. You may also be asked to perform on English horn.

Since oboe is not typically found in a marching band, bassoonists often double on another instrument, such as clarinet or saxophone (though this is not required).

CLARINET

Clarinetists perform in concert band, ceremonial band, woodwind quintet, and other small groups, such as Dixieland.

Clarinet players may also be asked to perform on bass clarinet or E-flat clarinet, depending on the piece of music. Clarinet players who are able to play in various styles, or double on other instruments, are especially valuable to the Army Music program.

SAXOPHONE

As a saxophone player in the U.S. Army Music program, you will perform in concert band, ceremonial band, jazz band, rock band, and various other ensembles based on your skills and the needs of the band.

You will be expected to be proficient in different musical styles and to perform on all members of the sax family. While not required, improvisational skill is valued and rewarded.

BASSOON

Bassoonists perform in concert band, woodwind quintet, and ceremonial band.

Since bassoon is not typically found in a marching band, bassoonists often double on another instrument, such as clarinet or saxophone (though this is not required).

FRENCH HORN

As a French horn player in the U.S. Army Music program, you will perform in concert band, ceremonial band, and brass or woodwind quintet.

TRUMPET

Trumpet players perform in concert band, ceremonial band, jazz band, brass quintet, rock band, and various other ensembles based on the needs of the band. While not required, improvisational skill is valued and rewarded.

You will also have the honor of performing as a bugler during military ceremonies, and performing Taps at military funerals.

EUPHONIUM

Euphonium players, perform in concert band, ceremonial band, low brass quartet and/or various other ensembles based on your skills and the needs of the band.

Euphonium players who double on trombone may be used in a jazz or popular music ensembles to supplement the horn line.

TROMBONE

As a trombone player in the U.S. Army Music program, you will perform in several ensembles, including concert band, ceremonial band, jazz band, jazz combo, or other popular music ensembles. While not required, improvisational skill is valued and rewarded.

While many trombone players focus mainly on bass trombone, all musicians selected for the Army Music program must be equally skilled on tenor trombone, as you may be asked to perform on both depending on the needs of the ensemble.

TUBA

Tuba players perform in concert band, ceremonial band, brass quintet, Dixieland band, and brass band.

Tuba players will be required to perform on sousaphone during marching performances and some outdoor ceremonies.

PERCUSSION

Percussionists perform in a variety of ensembles, and they must have expertise in many different styles of music. Percussionists perform drum set in rock-pop band, jazz band, Latin-salsa band, and other popular music ensembles.

Additionally, percussionists perform marching snare and bass drum in the ceremonial band and concert snare, mallets, and auxiliary percussion in the concert band.

PIANO/KEYBOARD

As a pianist in the U.S. Army Music program, you will perform in several different capacities. You will perform with the jazz band, jazz combo, rock band, and other popular music ensembles and you will cover piano parts for the concert band.

You will also provide solo piano music for dinner receptions and other formal events on post and in the community. Piano players should be experienced in several different styles, and should be very familiar with keyboards as well as the piano.

GUITAR

Guitar players perform in many different styles and ensembles, including rock band, jazz band, jazz combo, Latin/salsa band and country band.

All guitar players must be skilled in electric guitar, as well as acoustic.

BASS GUITAR

Bass guitarists perform with the jazz band, rock band, Latin/salsa band, and other popular music ensembles as needed.

All bass players must play bass guitar proficiently, with additional consideration given to those also proficient on upright bass.

VOCALS

Army Music vocalists must be proficient in many styles of music, with an emphasis on popular styles like rock, pop, and country, and must be able to learn new music quickly. Vocalists will perform with many types of ensembles, ranging from a capella performance to rock bands to full concert band.

MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN (AUDIO ENGINEER)

As a production technician (or audio engineer) in Army Music, you will be responsible for all live concert audio engineering of performances and rehearsals.

In addition to advanced audio techniques, you will be trained on the operation of lighting systems.

 

Learn more about the audition process for the Army Music program.