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"The Commandant's Own"

The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.
Audition Information

Musical requirements - Brass

Auditioning for a position in the brass section may be done on a conventional brass instrument or one of the related bugles (i.e., soprano, mellophone, baritone, or contrabass). The applicant will be required to perform the following:

  1. All major, minor, and chromatic scales in eighth notes at MM of 120.
  2. Sight-read various forms of Grade IV music to demonstrate your familiarization with all styles of music to include marches, concert, swing/jazz and ballads.
  3. A prepared solo of your choice (Grade IV or higher).

Musical requirements - Percussion

Percussion applicants may audition on either snare drum or tenors (or both, if they wish). Opportunities to audition on mallets occur when positions become available. No promises are given regarding which instrument an applicant would be assigned to. Once an applicant becomes a member of "The Commandant's Own," he/she would participate in the annual placement audition to determine instrument assignment (snare drum, tenors, bass drum, cymbals, or mallets).

The audition consists of rudiments and prepared etudes.

More Information

To find out more information or to schedule an audition for the Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, please contact below.

Musician Technical Assistant  
Master Sergeant Roger Wright

Office: (703) 432-9663
Cell:    (571) 288-1707
Marine Corps Recruiting Command
ATTN: Drum and Bugle Corps Musician Procurement Supervisor
2nd Floor
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103
Marine Corps Music Program
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