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Employment Opportunities with The U.S. Army Field Band

The U.S. Army Field Band Concert Band announces the following vacancy:


Resume/CD deadline: Received by April 11, 2014
Audition date: June 3-11, 2014

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MSG Michael McLaughlin

is the Department of the Army's official touring musical representative. In its over 60-year history, the Army Field Band has performed public concerts in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million people.

  • The candidate must possess a strong musical background with a minimum of 5 years experience in professional live sound reinforcement. They must have a working knowledge of the fundamental properties of acoustics, sound propagation, microphone techniques, troubleshooting, electrical power distribution, speaker and fill systems, wireless systems, signal flow, and minor repair. The candidate must be proficient in sound system design and implementation, analysis, and system optimization. Experience with FFT analysis (Smaart, SIM III, etc.) is highly preferred. Proficiency with large format analog and digital mixing consoles, signal processors, pro-level analog and digital audio equipment, computers, and basic video operation is required.
  • Candidates for this position should also have a strong background in classical and jazz music with a solid theoretical and practical understanding of the concepts and techniques involved in classical music recording, editing, and production. A thorough knowledge of DAWs used in audio production is required with an emphasis on Pro-Tools HD and TDM systems. Ability to read and analyze musical scores is preferred.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated, able to adapt readily to changes in technology, methods, and continuously changing situations. They must work well with others and function professionally under pressure.
  • Applicants must have no preexisting back injuries, able to lift 80lbs, and meet the Army's height/weight standards
  • Civilian applicants must be 17-34 years of age
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien
  • $56,735–$61,228 (Army rank of Staff Sergeant)
  • Perform as a live audio engineer (FOH) for the Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band
  • Perform duties as Assistant Live Audio Engineer for the Concert Band, Soldiers' Chorus, and The Volunteers as needed
  • Tour approximately 100 days per year in the U.S. and overseas
  • Duties include planning, setting up, operating, tearing down, maintaining, and accounting for large sound systems for The U.S. Army Field Band
  • Interact with concert sponsors, site managers, technical directors, stage managers, and producers to ensure an efficient logistical work flow and a successful concert
  • Supervise and train stage crews, direct sound checks, mix, and record live shows
  • Participate in designing, upgrading, and implementing audio systems and components
  • Serve as recording engineer for the Jazz Ambassadors and assistant engineer for the Concert Band, the Soldiers' Chorus, and The Volunteers of The U.S. Army Field Band
  • Maintain a strong work ethic and commitment to the public relations mission of The U.S. Army Field Band
  • Driving as required: must possess a valid driver's license
  • 30 days paid vacation annually
  • Medical and Dental care, plus medical care for immediate family members
  • Post Exchange and Commissary privileges
  • Educational benefits such as the Montgomery G.I. Bill and tuition assistance

Applicant shall submit a current resume detailing education, experience, and employment history including at least two professional references. Applicant must also submit a CD containing at least two, but not more than six, multi-track recordings showcasing either their live or studio mixing and recording ability. These CDs should be prepared in WAV format compliant with Redbook Standard and highlight the candidate's ability to work with varying genres of music.

Applicants selected from screening of recordings and resumes will be invited for a personal interview and audition. The United States Army will pay travel expenses. Military personnel must be eligible for permanent change of station and must submit a letter from their unit commander recommending the candidate for reassignment if offered the position.

No electronic submissions are accepted; physical media only. Audio CD, playable on a normal CD player, is the preferred method.
Attn: Auditions
The U.S. Army Field Band
4214 Field Band Drive
Fort Meade, MD 20755-5330
Phone: (301) 677-5781 or 6231