Careers

Vacancies/Auditions

 

Assistant Director

The United States Coast Guard Band has an immediate opening for Assistant Band Director. Applications and materials will be accepted from current members of the Coast Guard, Department of Defense armed services, and civilians. The successful candidate will be commissioned at the rank of Warrant Officer in the USCG, with a starting salary of $60,864-$65,508

The Assistant Director is one of two officers for the Band and serves in a capacity similar to an executive officer for the organization. Duties will include conducting one of the country’s finest military bands in concerts and ceremonies, program planning, leading the Band’s educational initiatives, and serving as a liaison with leadership at USCG Headquarters and Academy. Other duties will be assigned based on the candidate’s strengths and organizational needs.

The USCG Band is one of six congressionally appointed premier bands and serves as the sole musical representative for the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security.

Please reference the official solicitation for eligibility requirements, application materials, and deadlines.
Official Solicitation for Chief Warrant Officer Bandmaster (PDF)

Non-Coast Guard candidates also see Direct Commission Officer Eligibility Requirements (.docx) - *update 26JUN2018*

**For Assistant Director audition information, contact MUCS Josh Thomas (Joshua.C.Thomas@uscg.mil)**

Flute, Co-Principal

Audition Date: September 4-5, 2018
Flute Audition List (.pdf) *update 06JUL2018*

Starting salary between $51,292 and $56,800; full military benefits, paid medical, 30 days paid vacation, pension plan, and no basic training. Maximum age at time of enlistment is 34.

 

Clarinet

Audition Date: September 6, 2018
Clarinet Audition List (.pdf) *update 06JUL2018*

Starting salary between $51,292 and $56,800; full military benefits, paid medical, 30 days paid vacation, pension plan, and no basic training. Maximum age at time of enlistment is 34.

 

Bass Clarinet

Audition Date: September 7, 2018
Bass Clarinet Audition List (.pdf) *update 06JUL2018*

Starting salary between $51,292 and $56,800; full military benefits, paid medical, 30 days paid vacation, pension plan, and no basic training. Maximum age at time of enlistment is 34.


For general audition information contact MUC Gino Villarreal (longino.villarreal@uscg.mil)

All applicants must be able to meet the enlistment requirements for the United States Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

More Information

The United States Coast Guard Band recruits only the most highly skilled musicians, and the audition process is extremely competitive. Coast Guard Band auditions occur only in anticipation of projected vacancies. Openings are announced on the Band's website and notices are sent to college and university music departments. Auditions are held at the United States Coast Guard Academy in historic New London, Connecticut. All applicants must travel to New London, Connecticut at their own expense.

The audition process is much like that of any major symphony orchestra, with a screened preliminary round to ensure anonymity, and musical requirements that include performance of a solo, concert band and orchestral excerpts, and sight reading. Candidates are advanced to a final round based on their demonstrated musical ability; the winner of that round must complete an interview and reference check in addition to meeting Coast Guard requirements. The Director makes the final decision to award the position to the winner(s) who then enlist in the United States Coast Guard for a period of four years at the rank of Musician First Class (E-6).

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.

The enlistment process is completed at the applicant’s local Military Enlistment Processing Station and through the local Coast Guard Recruiter. All persons entering the Coast Guard Band enlist at the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class (pay grade E-6) for a four year enlistment. Band members receive all pay and benefits commensurate with that rank. They are also subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the rules and articles governing the discipline of the U.S. Armed Forces.

New band members are not required to undergo the eight week basic training program. The Coast Guard Band is one of only two U.S. military bands that do not require basic training. Following enlistment, new members report directly to New London, Connecticut.  After reporting to the Coast Guard Academy, new members are sent to Cape May, NJ for a two week indoctrination program. This program is set up to introduce new band members to the life and culture of the US Coast Guard. They will attend classes that focus on military history, tradition and etiquette. After returning to New London, all band members participate in an ongoing process of instruction which gives each musician essential knowledge about his or her role in the United States Coast Guard.

Pay

Military pay is divided into two categories: basic pay which is taxable, and other allowances which are not taxable. Non-taxable allowances include BAH (basic allowance for housing), BAS (basic allowance for subsistence), per diem for travel, and a clothing allowance. Members of the armed forces are allowed to claim legal residence in their home state if they so desire which may also affect their state tax status.

Current annual pay (as of January 2017) for an E-6 in the Coast Guard Band with no prior service is $51,292 (without dependents) and $56,800 (with dependents).

Housing

Due to the limited amount of Coast Guard Housing, band members do not receive on-base housing but instead receive a BAH as part of their pay.

Leave (Vacation) Time

Band members receive 30 days paid leave each year plus some federal holidays. The Coast Guard Band uses a “blanket leave” policy where specific time within the year is set aside to allow members to use their leave days.  Leave requests outside of the blanket leave period are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be approved depending on the performing/rehearsals schedule and mission needs of the band.

Health Care

All members of the U.S. Armed Forces are automatically enrolled in TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s health care program for active duty personnel, retirees, and their families. Through TRICARE, members receive free comprehensive medical and dental care as needed at any military health care facility or civilian TRICARE providers. Family members may also be enrolled in TRICARE and receive medical care at military or civilian facilities through various options for little or no cost. Visit http://www.tricare.mil/ for more information.
U.S. Coast Guard members may participate in the Service Members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program at very reasonable rates.

Pension and Retirement

The U.S. Coast Guard provides a pension for its members who serve for at least 20 years. After serving 20 years, members will receive 50% of their basic pay in retirement compensation. This amount increases each year by 2.5%, and after 30 years of service, members will receive 75% of their basic pay in retirement compensation. Retirement income is adjusted each year to compensate for increases in the cost of living. Military members also have the option of enrolling in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP is a tax-deferred, government sponsored investment fund.

Education Benefits

All members of the band are eligible for enrollment in the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Full information about these programs can be found at www.gibill.va.gov
The Coast Guard also has several programs to assist with furthering your education and tuition assistance.  For more information on these programs visit http://www.uscg.mil/hr/cgi/

Other Benefits

Members of the Coast Guard Band are entitled same benefits as other members of the Armed Forces.  These include the use of military exchanges, commissaries, gymnasiums, exercise facilities and golf courses as well as services such as legal and financial assistance. Military MWR offices offer rentals of camping equipment, canoes, and athletic equipment at little or no cost.  The Coast Guard Academy is a small military base, but the New London Submarine Base in Groton, CT offers many of these services.

Performances

The Coast Guard Band is the only full time performing organization in the United States Coast Guard and performs in a wide variety of venues and for various functions around the country. Military ceremonial performances include high profile functions for the President, Secretary of DHS, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and other dignitaries and military personnel around the country. In addition to frequent concert band performances at the Coast Guard Academy, the band performs concerts around Southeast New England and does two national concert tours per year, each being approximately two weeks long. The Coast Guard Band has also traveled internationally including the first concert tour of a Premier U.S. Military Band in Japan in 2008 and the first performance by a U.S. Military Band in the former Soviet Union in 1989. The Coast Guard Band also has an extensive chamber recital series that performs throughout Connecticut and has also given performances at the Midwest Conference in Chicago and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Daily Schedule

Because of the variety of performance requirements for the Band, the work schedule can change frequently. The Band often performs on weekends and compensatory days are given off during the week where performance and rehearsal schedules allow. The Coast Guard Band is a self-supported organization meaning that members of the band perform a variety of non-musical duties to ensure the smooth day-to-day functioning of the organization. These collateral duties typically make up about 20% of the average work week. Most new members are assigned to the stage or load crew and assist with the loading of equipment of the setting up of chairs and stands before and after performances. Other collateral duties within the band include: Music Library, Public Affairs, Operations, Administration, Education Outreach, Finance and Supply, and Recruiting. As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Band, your primary duty is as a working musician for the United States Government. While the schedule is often flexible enough to do other performance engagements and many members of the band perform in local orchestras such as The Hartford Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic, duties with the Coast Guard Band always take precedence.

For further information contact:

Chief Musician Gino Villarreal
U.S. Coast Guard Band 
U.S. Coast Guard Academy 
15 Mohegan Avenue (pb)
New London, CT 06320 

Phone: 860-701-6825 
Fax: 860-444-8475 
Email: MUC Gino VIllarreal