Jobs: Music Arranger for the U.S. Army Band (Washington DC)

Vacancy – Music Arranger – The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

MUSIC ARRANGER, The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 18, 2018 AUDITION DATE: late September 2018

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army’s premier musical organization, announces a vacancy for MUSIC ARRANGER.

Located five minutes from downtown Washington, DC, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” is the Army’s premier musical organization. “Pershing’s Own” provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in support of Soldiers and their families, public diplomacy, community and international relations, recruiting initiatives, and music education programs. Our mission is to instill in our forces the will to fight and win, to foster the support of our citizens, and to promote our national interests at home and abroad. We are Soldiers telling the story of America’s Army, the nation’s force of decisive action.

Personnel are promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) upon assignment to “Pershing’s Own” and enjoy full military benefits including medical and dental care, 30 days paid vacation each year, permanent assignment to Fort Myer, and educational benefits such as military Tuition Assistance and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

All applicants must have U.S. citizenship due to a security clearance requirement. All invited applicants will be given instructions to coordinate pre-screening with their regional Military Entrance Processing Station to ensure they meet entrance requirements for enlistment in The U.S. Army prior to attending the live interview. Individuals who are offered the position following the live interview must enlist and begin Basic Combat Training prior to their 35th birthday.

Vacancies are available to qualified civilians and military personnel of the rank E-6 and below. Military applicants above the rank of E-6 and/or having more than 10 years time in service require an exception to policy for invitation.


The Army Band’s arrangers provide original arrangements for The U.S. Army Concert Band, Orchestra, Ceremonial Band (marching), Blues (jazz), Downrange (pop/rock), Chorus, and smaller ensembles.

Qualified candidates should have significant experience writing in a variety of musical styles, to include pop/commercial, Broadway, jazz and classical.

Qualified candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to produce professional quality work within specific stylistic and orchestration guidelines and occasionally under tight deadlines.

Proficiency in Finale notational software is strongly preferred.


Auditions will be held at Brucker Hall, home of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer, Virginia 22211-1306.

Travel expenses for civilians will be paid for by The U.S. Army 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.


Cover letter Resume including email address Full-length photograph

Military applicants must also include their Enlisted Records Brief, or equivalent, a Commander’s letter of intent, and last 2 NCOERs if applicable

Portfolio of complete scores of arrangements and/or transcriptions that demonstrate the best representations of the range of your abilities. The samples should cover a variety of styles and genres. Recordings of the sample works are appreciated but not required.

After portfolios are reviewed, selected finalists will be given a four-week arranging assignment.


PDF files for all documents including photos audio files should be recorded at a high sampling rate and saved in a format with minimal compression to better enhance sound quality if possible upload high quality audio files to a folder on Google Drive or Dropbox and share the link in your application email save each excerpt as a separate file unless specified otherwise in the vacancy posting ideally email all photos and documents as attachments in PDF format and then include the shared folder link to the audio files no ZIP files

All application materials must be submitted by July 18, 2018 electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham or to the address below:

Commander The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Attn: Audition-Music Arranger 400 McNair Road Ft. Myer, VA 22211-1306


Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the MUSIC ARRANGER vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham or (703) 696-0206.

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