Percussion Player

Percussionists in the US Army Bands perform in a variety of ensembles making it essential that they 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. The Army looks for musicians who are professionals in all of these idioms.

Audition Requirements

Part 1: Ceremonial Music

Ceremonial music plays an integral part in our job as military musicians. You will be provided a packet of ceremonial music to prepare prior to your audition. These pieces will include parts for snare and mallets.

Part 2: Prepared Music-Drum Set

This is your time to show off your unique talents and skills. We are looking for musicians who are versatile and who have experience in many different styles of music. Percussionists should prepare three to four selections of contrasting styles to emphasize your technical, musical, and stylistic ability. Suggested styles include swing, jazz, bebop, blues, Latin (bossa/samba/salsa), pop/rock/country. In total, you should have between 10-30 minutes of music prepared. One of your selected songs must be a patriotic song: “God Bless the USA,” “God Bless America,” “American Soldier,” or “America the Beautiful.” Ask your band liaison to provide suggestions and discuss appropriate repertoire if you have any questions.

*Accompanying backing tracks should be used*

Part 3: Music Preparation

This portion of the audition judges how well you can quickly prepare music as if you were called to sub on a gig with short notice. The evening prior to your audition, your band liaison will send you a packet of music of various styles for drum set, concert snare, marching snare, and mallets. You will be responsible for preparing the music by your scheduled audition time.

Part 4: Additional Skills

The Army Bands values additional skills that musicians bring to our organization. You may receive additional points on your audition if you choose to demonstrate any of the following: doubling, singing, Latin percussion, or exceptional skill on the mallet instruments. Please discuss with your band liaison what would be appropriate to prepare should you wish to demonstrate an additional skill.