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Announcing an immediate vacancy for:


Announcing an immediate vacancy for:


Preliminary Recordings due: October 17th, 2022
Electronic submission must be received by: 11:59 PM EST*
Live Round: February 13th-15th, 2023

Salary & Benefits

Annual salary $65,429 - $74,213 upon promotion to Staff Sergeant
Full military benefits (medical/dental/retirement plans)
30 days paid vacation yearly
Post 9/11 GI Bill & Tuition Assistance

Application packets

Include a resume with date of birth, cover letter, and high-quality audio recordings no more than six months old with the following excerpts in this order:

  • Orchestral Snare Drum - solo of choice
  • Rudimental Snare Drum - solo of choice (please note, traditional grip required for live audition)
  • 2 Mallets - solo of choice
  • 4 Mallets - solo of choice
  • Timpani - solo and/or excerpts of choice
  • Drumset - demonstrate various styles (swing, Latin, funk, etc)
  • Optional - Any additional musical skills or instruments not listed above (hand drums, steel drums, etc.)

Any questions related to the job or music for the audition should be directed to Master Sergeant Rone Sparrow: rone.sparrow@westpoint.edu

Your resume should include education, performance/work/teaching experience (including marching), any other pertinent information.

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

* Applicants selected for a live audition will have travel expenses paid by the U.S. Army.

Job Description

Percussionist in the concert and marching bands of the West Point Band.

Perform for local, national, and international audiences in support of the West Point community, the United States Military Academy, and the United States Army.                              
Perform with chamber ensembles that range in musical genre.

Secondary duties related to the day-to-day functioning of the West Point Band will be assigned based on experience, knowledge, interest, and/or needs of the unit.  


Professional performance level; Bachelor of Music degree or higher preferred (not required). Ability to meet Army initial entry requirements and maintain a professional appearance. The hired candidate will be required to march in ceremonial formations and stand for prolonged periods of time. Must be a U.S. citizen or other qualified resident. Position requires at least a four-year service contract; candidate will be informed of acceptance prior to enlistment.

Military Personnel

Military personnel must also submit their Soldier Record Brief (or equivalent) without photo, three years of performance evaluation reports, and a Commander’s Intent to Release memo.

Electronic Submission (preferred)

  • Submit your application by filling out the form below and uploading the necessary documents and/or files.
  • 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: bandauditions@westpoint.edu