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Announcing an immediate vacancy for:

Rudimental Drum

Announcing an immediate vacancy for:

Rudimental Drum

Preliminary Recordings due: March 24th, 2023
Electronic submission must be received by: 11:59 PM EST*
Live Round: June 13th, 2023
Applicants invited to live round will receive paid airfare, lodging, and food stipend provided by U.S. Army (pending approval for military service)

Salary & Benefits

Annual salary $77,732 - $88,480 upon promotion to Staff Sergeant (accelerated promotion via Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program)
- Full military benefits (medical/dental/retirement plans)
- 30 days paid vacation yearly
- Post 9/11 GI Bill and Tuition Assistance
- Stabilized duty assignment at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York

Application packets

Audition packets must include a resume with date of birth, cover letter, and high-quality video recordings no more than six months old with the following music in this order (separate files for each excerpt preferred):

  • Flamnambulous by Mike Stevens (played straight through lines1-7 ONLY, ending on the downbeat of line 8. Do not play 8-10.)
  • 2/4 Solo by Paul Cormier
  • Bridging the Gap by Jeff Prosperie
  • Double stroke roll slow-fast-slow (approximately one minute duration)
  • Rudimental solo of candidate’s choice
  • Two or four mallet keyboard solo of choice
  • Other musical examples (chamber music, drumset, multi-percussion, etc.) to best display overall musicality of candidate
Download Excerpt Packet

Live round excerpts will be sent to selected candidates via email.

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.

Your completed application can be submitted via the form at the bottom of this page.

Job Description

The West Point Band is a U.S. Army premier band whose main duty is to perform for local, national, and international audiences in support of the West Point community, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Army.

Rudimental drummer in the West Point Band's field music group, The Hellcats.

The main duties associated with this position are performing on a rotation within the section on both rope tensioned snare drum and bass drum for standard meal formations, parades, ceremonies, funerals, and select Hellcat featured performances. Additional musical and/or non-musical skills the candidate wishes to have considered should be included on the resume. The hired candidate must be able to stand and march in a ceremonial formation for over 60 minutes and carry their instrument with no additional support for two or more miles.

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.

Any questions related to the job or music for the audition should be directed to Master Sergeant J. Andrew Porter: john.porter@westpoint.edu


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.

Upon accepting employment with the West Point Band, the hired candidate will be required to complete Army Basic Training.

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 video 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, please email: bandauditions@westpoint.edu