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INSTRUMENTS

most skilled and versatile musicians in the world

Army musicians are the most skilled and versatile musicians in the world, and they are expected to perform in a variety of styles. U.S. Army Bands offers 16 different instrumental and technical specialties. While selection for U.S. Army Bands is based primarily on your ability on your primary instrument, ability to double on other instruments is valued and used when called for.
 
Read on to learn about all of the instruments you’ll find in U.S. Army Bands.

FLUTE/PICCOLO

As a flute player U.S. Army Bands, 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, oboists 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 a Dixieland Band. Clarinet players may also be asked to perform on bass clarinet or E-flat clarinet, depending on the piece of music.

SAXOPHONE

As a saxophone player in U.S. Army Bands, 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).

HORN

As a horn player in U.S. Army Bands, you will perform in concert band, ceremonial band, and brass or woodwind quintet. Ability to play in multiple styles, and chamber music experience are valued.

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, and small ensembles such as tuba-euphonium quartet, brass quintets, or brass bands, depending on the needs of the band. While not required, some euphonium players are also very proficient on trombone.

trombone

As a trombone player in U.S. Army Bands, you will perform in several ensembles, including concert band, ceremonial band, jazz ensembles, 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 U.S. Army Bands must be equally skilled on tenor trombone, as you may be asked to perform on either 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.

DRUM SET/PERCUSSION

Percussionists perform in a variety of ensembles, and they must have expertise in many different styles of music. Percussionists perform on drum set in rock-pop band, jazz band, and other popular music ensembles. Additionally, percussionists perform on 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 U.S. Army Bands, 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 must be experienced in several different styles, and should be very familiar with digital keyboards as well as the piano.

ELECTRIC 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.

ELECTRIC BASS

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.

COMMERCIAL VOCALIST

U.S. Army Bands 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. Must be an experienced solo performer with excellent stage presence and professional demeanor.

MUSIC PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN (AUDIO ENGINEER)

As a production technician (or audio engineer) in U.S. Army Bands, 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.

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