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Perform with The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps as a Snare Drum Musician. The position requires the exclusive use of a rope tensioned field snare drum. The Fife and Drum Corps is comprised of 70 musicians whose main duty is the ceremonial support of military functions within the National Capital region. Ceremonial duties are largely conducted outdoors and involve prolonged periods of standing and marching. The typical work schedule varies, but mainly involves daytime work hours with intermittent night or weekend commitments. The total travel time for the Corps may average a few weeks each year.

Requirements

Please submit an audition portfolio that includes the following:

Information sheet

  • Height and weight
  • Date and place of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • A current list of references (2 professional, 1 personal)

Cover Letter

  • The cover letter element is an opportunity to portray your personality; it should compliment, not duplicate, your attached resume.
  • Address to the Commander of The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
  • Detail what you, as an individual, can offer the organization
  • Mention specifically how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position
  • Include musical and non-musical experiences associated with teaching, mentorship, leadership,
    and other skills such as: arranging, recording, marketing, graphic design, etc.

A recent full-length photograph

  • Professional appearance/quality recommended

1 page resume

  • Education
  • Performance / occupational experience
  • Marching experience
  • Additional information pertaining to this position

High quality recording

Submit a DVD recording adhering to the following requirements:

  • The video image should only contain a view of the performer from head to toe.
  • The camera should be level with the performance surface.  Do not include extreme angles.
  • Professional appearance is highly recommended.
  • Ensure that your DVD functions to include chapters, audio, and video.       

Include the following selections performed on a snare drum:

  • The required piece to be found here.  Do not execute visuals. 
  • A solo of your choice not to exceed 2 minutes in length.    
  • The long roll – broken down from slow to fast to slow. Approximately 2 minutes in length (60 seconds in, 60 seconds out)
  • The following rudiments broken down from slow to fast to slow. Each rudiment should be approximately 1 minute in length (20 to 30 seconds in, 20 to 30 seconds out):
-flam
-nine stroke roll
-paradiddle
-flam-paradiddle

-single ratamaque
-double drag tap
-tap flam (inverted flam tap)
-single flammed mill

NOTE: Presence of a splice or edit within a selection will constitute elimination.

Military applicants please include the following:

  • Include a copy of your ERB
  • A letter of release from your Commander
  • Photos for military applicants must be an official military photo (DA Photo or other service comparable)

For additional general audition requirements, please click here.

Please submit hardcopies of all required audition materials. Electronic applications will not be considered.

Send pre-audition packets to:

The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
ATTN: Audition Coordinator
201 Jackson Avenue, BLDG 231
JBM-HH, Virginia 22211-1199

Audition

A select number of candidates will be invited to attend a live audition at Fort Myer. Due to U.S. Army regulations, your local recruiter will arrange to have all travel expenses for the audition paid for by the U.S. Army. [USAREC Reg. 11-1 Appendix B - 2 (d)6 and USAREC Reg. 37-17 Section 3-8 (b)1]

Due to the high visibility and unique requirements of the position, the audition itself will be a two-day process.

DAY 1

On the first day, candidates will observe the Fife and Drum Corps during a Department of the Army retirement ceremony. 

Candidates may be dismissed from the audition based on their performance after any of the following assessments:

Marching Assessment:

  • Consists of fundamental instruction in the unit's specific marching and maneuvering techniques and an assessment of the candidate’s marching skills/adaptability. 

30-minute Standing Assessment:

  • The Fife and Drum Corps' ceremonial missions require standing in formation for extended periods of time. There will be a 30-minute standing assessment to determine if a candidate is physically capable of this task.

DAY 2

Performance Assessment I:

  • Candidates should be prepared to play any of the rudiments from slow to fast to slow
  • Prepared solo which will be provided (memorization required)
  • The memorized and prepared selections which will be provided

Performance Assessment II:

  • The memorized and prepared selections which will be provided
  • Sight reading
  • Personal interview
  • Performing with a section

Questions

If I would like to be considered for both the snare and bass drum positions, should I submit an application for each position separately?

Yes, please submit separate applications for each position.

What equipment do I need to bring for the live audition?

We will supply all drums needed for the live audition rounds. Be prepared to bring practice pad, music (please provide a copy of your solo for the panel), sticks, etc. Note: The audition will take place on a rope tension snare drum which will be provided; applicants are NOT required to use a rope tension drum on the video

For further information regarding snare drum auditions for the Fife and Drum Corps please contact:

Staff Sergeant John Brandt
Drum Audition Coordinator
703-696-0058
john.isaac.brandt@us.army.mil

 

 
     
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