Flute/Piccolo Player

As a flute player in the Army Bands, you will be required to be proficient on both flute and piccolo. Flute players perform in concert band, ceremonial band, woodwind quintet, and other small ensembles based on your strengths and the needs of your band. You will most likely play piccolo for outdoor ceremonies and parades and of course to perform the famous solo to The Stars and Stripes Forever!

Audition Requirements

Part 1: Ceremonial Music

Ceremonial music plays an integral part in our job as military musicians. You will be provided a packet of ceremonial music including the piccolo solo to The Stars and Stripes Forever to be prepared prior to your audition. All pieces should be prepared on piccolo.

Part 2: Prepared Music

This is your time to show off your unique talents and skills. The Army values a musician’s versatility and ability to play in different styles. You should prepare at least three selections of contrasting styles to emphasize your technical, musical, and stylistic ability. These selections can be excerpts from classical solo repertoire, concert band or orchestra literature, or even jazz standards. Ask your band liaison to provide suggestions and discuss appropriate repertoire if you have any questions. This portion can be performed entirely on flute or can include a piccolo excerpt if you choose to do so.

Part 3: Music Preparation

This portion of the audition judges how well you can quickly prepare music as if you were called to sub on a gig with short notice. The evening prior to your audition, your band liaison will send you packet of music with parts for both flute and piccolo. You will be responsible for preparing the music by your scheduled audition time.

Part 4: Additional Skills

The Army values additional skills that musicians bring to our organization. You may receive additional points on your audition if you choose to demonstrate any of the following: doubling, singing, or improvisation. Please discuss with your band liaison what would be appropriate to prepare should you wish to demonstrate an additional skill.