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Announcing an immediate vacancy for:

Rudimental Drum

Announcing an immediate vacancy for:

Rudimental Drum

Preliminary Recordings due: October 11th, 2022
Electronic submission must be received by: 11:59 PM EST*
Live Round: January 10th, 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 video recordings no more than six months old with the following excerpts in this order:

  • Solo of your choice on snare drum (published or self-composed; rope-tensioned or modern drum)
  • Pratt - Drum Corps on Parade
  • Keyboard percussion solo of your choice (2 or 4 mallets)
  • Prosperie - Bridging the Gap, measures 4-20
  • Stevens - Flamnambulous 1-7
  • Cormier – 2/4 Solo
  • The following rudiments open-close-open, one minute each: double stroke roll, single stroke roll, flam tap, pataflafla, paradiddle
  • Any additional piece(s) that further demonstrate versatility and excellence on a variety of percussion instruments, drum set, rudimental bass drum, hand drum, steel drum, etc.
Download Excerpt Packet

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

Rudimental Drummer In 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.


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 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 or materials, or have any questions, please contact auditions: bandauditions@westpoint.edu