Naval Academy Band
- How do I request the Naval Academy Band to perform at my event?
- Click on Request the Band and fill out the online request form. If you have further questions, please contact MUC Jim Hurd in our Operations Office at (410) 293-1257 or email Band Operations Department.
In addition to events here at the Naval Academy, the United States Naval Academy Band supports military Change of Command and Retirement Ceremonies, command-sponsored social functions, military funeral and memorial services, public concerts and parades. The band is also available to present high school clinics and concerts, and college master classes. Please note that we may not perform for fund-raising events (except those approved by law, such as Combined Federal Campaign), as entertainment at dinners, receptions, etc. sponsored by or attended primarily by persons not on active duty in the military, and all performances must be free and open to the public.
You may request the United States Naval Academy Band at any time, but the earlier the better. As a matter of policy, we cannot confirm the band's participation earlier than 90 days prior to a military event and 60 days prior to a public event. This minimizes the possibility of preemption due to scheduling conflicts and support required here at the Naval Academy. After your request has been received and accepted, a band representative will contact you or your staff within the 60 or 90-day period to discuss the band's availability and performance requirements.
Depending upon the location and type of performance, sponsors may be required to provide funding for transportation, lodging and meals. In the greater Baltimore-Washington DC area, most performances do not include this requirement. For more information, please refer to the Official Sponsor Guide, and/or contact the band operations office.
The members of the United States Naval Academy Band are professional, active duty, enlisted Navy Musicians, not Midshipmen. They have auditioned specifically for the Naval Academy Band, and have been chosen through a competitive, national audition.
When openings occur in the band, announcements are made to all Navy Fleet bands and college music departments, and are advertised nationally in trade journals in an attempt to hire the most qualified musician for the position. After auditions are held and a musician is selected, an active duty musician would receive orders to report for duty, or a civilian would enlist in the Navy, attend Recruit Training, and, upon graduation, receive orders to report for duty with the band at the Naval Academy. Like all military "special" bands (i.e., the Washington, D.C. premier bands and service academy bands) musicians are selected as permanent duty members of the Naval Academy Band. For current vacancies, Please see our USNA Band Vacancies & Careers Page.
The United States Navy has eleven fleet bands stationed throughout the continental United States, Hawaii, Japan, and Italy. The audition process for these bands is different than that of the Naval Academy Band. If you would like to become a member of a fleet band, contact your local Navy recruiter. Your recruiter can answer any general questions about the Navy, and schedule an audition for you. If your recruiter has questions about the music program, please refer him or her to the Program Manager's Office at 800-962-1425 or 901-874-4316. All applicants for the Navy Music Program should demonstrate the ability to read band literature of an intermediate or advanced level, perform at a mature musical level, and be well-versed in different styles (Jazz, Classical, Rock, Latin, etc.). If you are found to be musically qualified, you will be assigned to the Navy School of Music (Musician "A" School) in Little Creek, Virginia upon completion of Recruit Training. Following "A" School, you will be assigned to a band. For more information on the Navy Music Program, Please see our United States Navy Band Site.
No. The members of the United States Naval Academy Band are professional, active duty, enlisted Navy Musicians, not midshipmen. For more information about musical opportunities for midshipmen, Please visit our USNA Music Department Page.
For information about Naval Academy Admissions, Please visit our USNA Admissions Page.
The Naval Academy Band has several recordings available to the public including the Naval Academy Band's 150th Anniversary 2-disc album available for purchase from the Official Online Store of the U.S. Naval Academy. Additionally the former Next Wave Jazz Ensemble released its first CD recording titled Just Gettin' Started in 2009. Clips from this album as well as from our most recent album Exellentia Consociata can be heard on the Naval Academy Band page. We are constantly working on creating more audio/visual clips of the Navy's Oldest and Finest for display on this site as well as on our Naval Academy Band YouTube Channel. Be sure to check back with our website regularly to hear more sounds!