Announcing an immediate vacancy for:

Field Music Bugle/Trumpet

Electronic Submission Must Be Received By: 11:59 PM EST November 11, 2019
Live Final Round: February 10, 2020
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Application packets should include the following:

Include a resume with date of birth, cover letter, full-length photograph, and a high-quality video recording not more than six months old, to include the following in this order:

  • Repertoire of the candidate’s choice, not to exceed three minutes (Bb and/or C trumpet only) i.e. solos, excerpts, or etudes demonstrating the candidate’s range, lyrical, and technical abilities
  • Marcel Bitsch Vingt Études, “Étude #5” (Bb trumpet only)
  •  “Hellcats,” “Taps,” and “Reveille” (see excerpt packet below)
Download Vacancy Flyer
Download Excerpt Packet

Any questions related to the job or music for the audition should be directed to Sergeant First Class Jeremy Wissner:

Your resume should include: Education, performance/work/teaching experience (to include marching), any other pertinent information.

Your cover letter should augment your resume, describing what additional skills you bring to the position beyond the trumpet. This might include skills in arranging, audio mixing/engineering, other instrument/vocal proficiencies, computer skills (graphics/video editing/Microsoft Office/other), etc.

Primary Duties of this Position

Performing bugle calls, meal formations, parades, funerals, and public concerts in the West Point Band’s Field Music Group. Please view this video for a brief demonstration highlighting the range of performance opportunities in this position: The hired candidate will be required to march in ceremonial formation and stand for prolonged periods of time.

General Information

The Hellcats are the premier Field Music Group in the U.S. Army, comprised of six buglers, three piccolo players, and five rudimental drummers.

Electronic Submission

  • Submit your application by filling out the form below and uploading the necessary documents and/or files.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Only video files will be accepted.
  • Only high quality sound recordings will be accepted and evaluated.
  • Separating files for each excerpt is permitted and preferred.
  • Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email sent to the email you have provided.

If you encounter any issues submitting your application or materials, or have any questions, please contact auditions:

Military Personnel

Military personnel should also submit their Soldier Record Brief (or equivalent), three years of performance evaluation reports, Commander’s Intent to Release memo, and an Official DA Photo.