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Thread: Euphonium Opening w/ USAF Band in Washington, D.C.!

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    Feb 2008
    Dumfries, VA (Potomac Shores)

    Euphonium Opening w/ USAF Band in Washington, D.C.!

    Hello everyone,

    We have an immediate vacancy for euphonium in the United States Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass in Washington, D.C. Here's a link to the posting with information. I will be getting the actual repertoire available for download next week, but you can see the list and all info on this link:

    Please feel free to email our auditions team (email provided) with any questions or concerns you might have. This is truly one of THE best jobs you could ever possibly have. GREAT people, and the band is pretty good as well...! I hope to see many euphonium resumes and tapes!!!

    Best of luck!

    Brandon Jones
    The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.
    Principal Euphonium, Concert Band

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    For convenience, here are some of the details from the link above:

    Four-year minimum enlistment required.
    Maximum age at time of enlistment is 39.
    For information on other musical performance opportunities in the Air Force,
    contact: 1-800-283-8995 or visit:

    Annual Starting Salary $58,955 - $65,651
    Full Military Benefits | 30 Days Vacation
    Announces an immediate vacancy for:
    Ceremonial Brass
    Audition dates: August 1-2, 2016
    Resume and MP3 due: June 10, 2016
    ~ All auditions held in Washington, D.C. ~
    For application information and audition repertoire, visit:

    Preliminary Requirements:
    Preliminary audition resumes and recordings must be received by June 10, 2016. All recordings must be unedited and in list order. Please label your recording as “last name-underscore-first name”, (e.g. Jones_Brandon.mp3). Please send a one page resume and an MP3 recording of the following:

    Rochut, Etude #57
    Holst, First Suite in Eb; 1st movement, beginning to letter C
    Sullivan arr. Mackerras, Pineapple Poll; beginning to 8 bars before #2
    Sousa, Stars and Stripes Forever; all - no repeats, perform at 120 bpm

    Email your resume and recording in a single email to:
    ** Prior Service and Active Duty members—please contact the USAF Band Auditions team prior to submitting materials.

    The live audition will take place August 1-2, 2016 at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. For more information call 1-800-283-8995 or e-mail:

    Live Audition Repertoire:
    - Expect sight-reading and section playing at the live rounds.
    * Boccalari, Fantasia di Concerto; first page plus small cadenza
    * Barber, Commando March; beginning to 2 after C
    * Dukas arr. Hindeley, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice; 4 bars before #50 to 7 bars after #55
    * Fillmore, The Circus Bee; all - no repeats, no breakup strain
    * Grainger, Colonial Song; beginning to 1 after 44
    * Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy; 2nd movement, beginning to bar 10 (baritone part)
    * Glinka, Russlan and Ludmilla; beginning to #1
    * Holst, First Suite in Eb; 1st movement, beginning to letter C
    * Holst, Second Suite in F; 1st movement, beginning to 16 after F
    * Holst, The Planets, Mars; #4 to fermata after #5
    * Schoenberg, Theme and Variations; Variation V, all
    * Smith, Festival Variations; bar 79 to bar 109
    * Vaughan Williams, Toccata Marziale; beginning to #6
    * Williams arr. Curnow, The Cowboys; bar 194 to bar 217 (play both divisi, do not divide parts; upper divisi at bar 216)
    * Boorn, Queen City; all - no repeats - to be performed from memory while marching
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
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    David Bjornstad

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Dumfries, VA (Potomac Shores)
    Repertoire is now up and live on the website for download. Here's the direct link:

    Best of luck to everyone who will be sending in resumes and MP3's!
    Brandon Jones
    The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.
    Principal Euphonium, Concert Band

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Dumfries, VA (Potomac Shores)
    Hello everyone,

    I've gotten several questions about the audition/tape round, so I wanted to post a couple of helpful tips:

    Recording: It is specified to have "no edits" in the recording. However, you CAN break up the excerpts into separate tracks, and honestly this is recommended so long as the tracks are named appropriately as instructed in the preliminary round requirements letter on the website. What we're looking for are no edits WITHIN each excerpt. You can feel free to record each excerpt for the tape round as a separate track.

    Many have asked if the recording quality has to be "perfect" to get invited. This is a difficult answer. To be honest, we are going to look for those who PLAY the best to invite to the live rounds. Sure, the quality of the recording will matter, but you can have a "perfect" quality of recording with no music being made, as you can also have a recording that was made with a Zoom H4N in a high school choir room (which is what I did for my USAF tape round audition, btw) that has lots of musical things going on. The main thing that we are looking for is someone who can play with a consistently mature sound, stable intonation, clear articulation, good understanding of style, basically what is on the page, etc. Don't over-think this process. Start recording NOW and by the time the MP3's and resume's are due on June 10, you should have something that accurately exhibits your playing ability. While I cannot listen to anyone's materials beforehand and provide feedback, I would like to wish everyone the very best, and we are looking very much forward to seeing a lot of resume's and hearing a lot of MP3 recordings! Relax, and just play! Enjoy the process!
    Brandon Jones
    The United States Air Force Band, Washington, D.C.
    Principal Euphonium, Concert Band

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