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 US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: jeig 
Date:   2021-08-10 14:31

The United States Navy Band has an immediate opening for the position of clarinet instrumentalist in the concert/ceremonial band. Starting salary is $67,842-$70,326, plus benefits. Auditions will be held in Washington, DC on November 1, 2021, with preliminary audio recordings due by September 20, 2021. Applicants must be aged *18 to 39* (please note that the maximum age limit has recently increased) and otherwise qualified for service in the U.S. Navy. Audition repertoire and details are available at www.navyband.navy.mil/auditions or contact navyband.auditions@navy.mil or 202-433-2840 for more information.

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: joe englert 
Date:   2021-08-10 17:21

ya,but you gotta go through boot camp....yuch

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-08-10 18:07

C'mon


It's just Navy boot camp.............not US Army Boot camp




how hard could it be?




..................Paul Aviles (US Army Retired)



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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Hank Lehrer 
Date:   2021-08-10 19:21

Exactly, Paul.

Playing with boats, learning to tie knots, a little swimming, chipping paint, sweeping decks...

Sounds almost like a Scout Camp, if you ask me!

Hank Lehrer (U.S. Army 1958-61, Sgt. E-5)

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2021-08-11 00:55

do you get a R13 IF YOU GET THE POSITION?

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2021-08-11 01:11

In any military band, the unit has its own supply of every instrument needed by the members. Often times there is passel of the more esoteric models within a manufacturer's line. In typical Army bands I had run across Buffet Vintages, Prestiges and a Divine; as well as a Selmer Recital and a Privilege. The idea is that the military will provide everything the performer needs to do the job (including mouthpieces, barrels, reeds etc).



The instruments belong to the unit. You sign them out and then return them when you leave the unit. You get to keep the non-durables though (like mouthpieces and such).


It's a great gig if you can get it.






.............Paul Aviles



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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: seabreeze 
Date:   2021-08-11 05:42

I got through Army boot camp in 1965, and I am far from being any kind of athlete. Lots of marching, running, and learning to shoot the rifle (the first and last time for me), I would never have made it through Navy boot camp, where you have to swim. Swimming I don't do; I'd rather march 5 miles in the desert than swim 3 feet. So how hard is Navy boot camp? Not just hard--impossible if you hate water, get seasick, or can't swim.



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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: super20dan 
Date:   2021-08-11 05:48

i got to play an amazing buffet prestige alto clarinet that was a ex navy band horn. it was truly awesume

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2021-08-11 06:12

I was accepted into the Coast Guard Band at the Academy during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) as an E6, wearing a Petty Officer's uniform - and no boot camp. It was expanded from 24 to 48 members very quickly with Curtis, Eastman and and Oberlin players. We learned marching and all that military stuff on the job. I was saluted by an E2 he first day and didn't know how to salute back. those were the good old days!

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Bob Bernardo 
Date:   2021-08-11 06:27

I was in the Air Force band I liked boot camp I actually liked it better than playing concerts. It was just fun! Best shape of my life.

The band didn't really rehearse the music requiring months of practice. 1 or 2 rehearsals and we were back on the road again. Too much traveling for me. Yes good to great sight reading is a must for the Washington bands, actually all of the military bands. You don't have to have a fantastic sound nor the worlds fastest fingers, surely good sight reading is needed. But it helps. You also need to know your scales, four sharps, four flats, major and minor scales and have a concerto or 2 ready for the auditions. Lastly the sight reading is often very difficult, so do your best, I was given a March and Capriccio Espagnol. Lucky for me because I had played this before.


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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Hank Lehrer 
Date:   2021-08-11 15:47

Hi All,

I have really enjoyed this thread more than almost all those about mouthpieces, reeds, etc. It really shows the human side of us. Too all my brothers and sisters in arms out there in all branches, thanks for your service.

Surely, we have a Marine or two that can share their boot camp/basic training experiences. :-).

With much good humor,

HRL

PS I look back on my days in the Signal Training Center Band at Ft. Gordon as some of my best "from boy to man" days.



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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: donald 
Date:   2021-08-12 04:23

I'd quite like to do all this but I'm too old at 51 (or is it 52, can never keep track)

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Neil 
Date:   2021-08-12 04:43

Remember to use the secret code words "monoethylamine" "2190 hydraulic oil" "sanitary tank" and "Aux of the watch"

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: Tom H 
Date:   2021-08-12 08:48

I "won" the audition in 1978 but was deterred by 11 weeks of Basic Training (boot camp). I chose instead to get my Masters in Canada. Their loss, as a was a great player. I wound up renouncing my U.S. Citizenship in 2017 (See:FATCA).

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: DavidBlumberg 
Date:   2021-08-12 22:51

R13? You can get a Tosca if that’s what you want. Big budget

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: SunnyDaze 
Date:   2021-08-13 19:09

I love this thread. I couldn't do any of the things needed for this job, except possibly tying the knots. But I love that so many of you can, or have already done it. It sounds wonderfully difficult, clever and adventurous.

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 Re: US Navy Band Clarinet Audition
Author: jeig 
Date:   2021-08-31 05:40

Original poster here.

This is a note to anyone interested in taking this audition.

Preliminary recordings are no longer required to attend the audition in Washington, DC. Audition repertoire and details are available at www.navyband.navy.mil/auditions or contact navyband.auditions@navy.mil or 202-433-2840 for more information.

It is wonderful to read the old stories from former members and candidates, but please know that many things have changed over the past decades. All prospective candidates should send their questions to the above email address or phone number for the most accurate and up to date information.

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