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    United States Coast Guard Euphonium Vacancy

    [This information if from the Coast Guard Band's website. It's a good gig, folks!]

    Audition dates: October 12-13, 2006
    Repertoire TBD

    The United States Coast Guard Band, one of the nation's premier military bands, has immediate vacancies for the above position. Auditions will take place at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. All persons entering the Coast Guard Band are enlisted at the pay grade of E-6, as Musician (Petty Officer) First Class. Starting salary between $43,524 and $48,264, full military benefits, 30 days annual vacation and pension plan. Musicians are not required to undergo the 11-week basic training program; however, they must attend several training classes at the Coast Guard Academy. Initial enlistment is for four years. Maximum age at time of enlistment is 34. Entrance into the Coast Guard Band requires meeting not only the necessary musical standards but also all standards required for entrance into the Coast Guard. Detailed information concerning eligibility may be obtained from your nearest Coast Guard recruiter.

    For further information contact:

    Chief Musician Gregory W. Martin
    U.S. Coast Guard Band (pb)
    U.S. Coast Guard Academy
    15 Mohegan Avenue
    New London, CT 06320

    Phone: 860-701-6810
    Fax: 860-444-8475
    Email: MUC Greg Martin

    See the web page for updates on the repertoire list:
    USCG Band Vacancies
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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    United States Coast Guard Euphonium Vacancy

    Rick Floyd
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    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
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    United States Coast Guard Euphonium Vacancy

    Here is the repertoire list, taken from the web site (thank, Rick):

    1. Blume, O. Etude #33
    2. Gillis, L. Etude #10
    3. Holsinger, David In the Spring at the Time When Kings Go Off to War
    4. King, Karl The Melody Shop
    5. Mendelssohn, Felix Fingal's Cave Overture
    6. Mussorgsky/Ravel, "Bydlo" from Pictures at an Exhibition
    7. Schoenberg, Arnold Theme and Variations
    8. Schuman, William Be Glad Then, America (mute will be provided on stage at audition)
    9. Schuman, William When Jesus Wept
    10. Sparke, Philip The Year of the Dragon
    11. Strauss, Richard Ein Heldenleben
    12. Wagner, Richard Overture to Tannhauser
    13. Walton, William Spitfire Fugue
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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    United States Coast Guard Euphonium Vacancy

    According to what I read on TUBENET, Bonnie Denton won the audition. I think she currently plays with the US Military Academy Band at West Point, NY.

    http://forums.chisham.com/view...c.php?p=142600#142600

    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank


    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    When the Saints Go Marching In (arr. Mashima) at ACB Conference Ft. Lauderdale
    Cell phone video of : El Cumbanchero:

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    United States Coast Guard Euphonium Vacancy

    Rick is correct. Bonnie Denton won the job (wife of Rich Denton, one of the Coast Guard Band's tubists).
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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    Just a slight correction to Rick's observation - Bonnie was in the Military Academy Band and had been out for several years, following her marriage to Rich.

    She is a terrific player and individual both - she's the first-call sub in our brass quintet, so we know her well!

    Lew Buckley

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    How does joining in military bands work, besides taking some training classes? Do you ever need to go to war and stuff?

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    United States Coast Guard Euphonium Vacancy

    First, there are full-time bands and part-time bands. In the FT bands you come in rated as a "Musician" (as opposed to the other specialties, like corpsman, etc.). In the PT bands you would have whatever your "normal" rating, or specialty, is, and you would do the music instead of other drills.

    Most of the discussions here and on other forums relate to FT gigs. Of those, the very top level is within the five Congressional Bands: The U.S. Army Band, The U.S. Marine Band, The U.S. Navy Band, The U.S. Air Force Band, and The U.S. Coast Guard Band (the "T" in "The" as opposed to "t" is usually used to indicate the official status). There are also a few other top-level bands: the U.S. Army Field Band (much touring) is the best example. Then there are the Academy bands for the Air Force (Colorado Springs), Army (West Point), and Navy (Annapolis). In all these bands your primary job is as a musician. You may have some other duties, but those are usually related to Band activities (publicity, library, etc.). All these bands require an audition. If accepted, you go through a normal enlistment process, except your ultimate destination is already known. The Congressional Bands of the Marines and Coast Guard do not require basic training - there is a couple-week-long orientation instead. The other bands mentioned will send you to the normal basic training.

    There are also some great band gigs in other bands. The Air Force has a few very good bands peppered around the country, and you also audition for those and are automatically assigned there.

    In the FT bands, you are not going to be sent to war unless things get so incredibly dire that we are also drafting every able-bodied person to go (in which case you would be going anyway!). I don't believe this has every happened, even during WWI and WWII.

    There is some more discussion of this in the back of the Euphonium Excerpt Book:

    Euphonium Excerpts, compiled by Barbara Payne with the assistance of Paul Droste, edited by Brian Bowman and David Werden
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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