Naval Academy Band

Vacancy and Career Information


This audition is for a versatile trumpet player to perform in Jazz Combo, Second-Line Band, Ceremonial Band, Marching Band, and Brass Quintet. A strong jazz improvisational background is required. In addition, candidates must demonstrate solid classical fundamentals.

The audition will consist of improvisation, prepared material, and sight-reading with ensembles of various sizes and styles. Most of the prepared materials are contained within the included packet. In addition to the included materials, candidates are expected to prepare a ballad of their choosing as well as the tune When the Saints Go Marching In, either of which can be found in a variety of jazz fake books. Please review the included materials carefully as some minor differences may exist between these and any personal versions of these materials you may already have. All music is for trumpet in Bb, but candidates may play excerpts on the instrument of their choice.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and a resume or CV to MU1 Matthew Harriman at by close of business on July 6th, 2015. Address any further questions about the audition to MU1 Harriman via e-mail at or by phone at (410) 293-1253.

Please click the following links to download the audition materials:





The Naval Academy Band, located in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland, is one of two premier Navy Bands offering permanent-duty assignment. Members are guaranteed assignment to the United States Naval Academy Band with appointment to pay grade E-6 after completion of basic training.  Members receive full military benefits, including 30 days annual paid vacation, no time lost for illness, medical care for members and dependents, free dental care for members, dental insurance for dependents, commissary and exchange privileges, low-cost group life insurance, allowances for housing, food, and clothing, tuition assistance, and other educational benefits. For additional pay information, please see the Regular Military Compensation (RMC) Calculator.


Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 34. All travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the candidate. The audition committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards. Active duty musicians from all branches of the U.S. military must also send a letter from their commanding officer granting them permission to audition for the Naval Academy Band. The Navy and Naval Academy Band members are required to maintain high standards of personal appearance and physical fitness, and must adhere to the Navy's height/weight requirements. All Sailors are required to pass biannual physical fitness evaluations and are subject to random drug urinalysis testing at any time. Please consider these requirements before making potentially expensive travel arrangements and accepting an invitation to audition. In order to accept a position with the Naval Academy Band, the audition winner must enlist in the Navy and complete basic training. A minimum of a four-year enlistment is required.


For all correspondence, please be sure to include your name, instrument, position for which you are applying, and contact information. All audition packages should include a current performance résumé. Posted vacancies that additionally require a recording should send an un-edited CD that is clearly labeled with the candidates name and instrument. Please contact our Audition Supervisor for specific recording requirements. Audition materials will not be returned to the candidate.

Forward packages to:

Audition Supervisor
U. S. Naval Academy Band
U.S. Naval Academy
101 Buchanan Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5080

For questions or more information about auditions, please contact our Audition Supervisor:
phone: (410) 293-1253
DSN: 281-1253 
fax: (410) 293-2116

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