The performance audition assesses only the individual’s musical qualifications. To be offered a position with the Coast Guard Band, one must also be physically qualified to enter the United States Coast Guard and be capable of being granted the required security clearance. All applicants must have U.S. citizenship or a green card, must be between 18 and 34 years old on the day of their enlistment (unless prior military service), and meet all physical and health requirements including weight standards for enlistment in the United States Coast Guard. Members of the United States Coast Guard Band must obtain a Secret Level Security Clearance. An extensive background investigation is necessary to be granted this clearance and will be done after enlistment into the United States Coast Guard.
Finalists are interviewed at the time of the audition in an effort to identify any potential problems that could affect the individual’s ability to be enlisted for duty with the Coast Guard, either with health or security clearance. For specific questions regarding these qualifications you may contact the Audition Coordinator or your local Coast Guard Recruiter.
While there are no degree requirements to become a member of The United States Coast Guard Band, current musicians are graduates of our nation's finest music schools, many holding advanced degrees from such renowned institutions as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, University of Illinois, and University of North Texas. The playing ability and expertise required are equivalent to those of any major professional musical organization. Many band members choose to make their career in the band, often serving the Coast Guard as musicians for twenty to thirty years.
For further information contact:Chief Musician Barrett Seals