Interested in a career as a musician in The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps? Our ensemble includes positions for fife, bugle, snare drum, and bass drum. Explore the links above to learn more about each position.

The Fife and Drum Corps is comprised of 69 musicians whose main duty is the ceremonial support of military functions within the National Capital Region. Ceremonial duties are conducted both indoors and outdoors and involve prolonged periods of standing and marching. The Corps’ work schedule varies and involves daytime work hours with intermittent night, weekend, and travel commitments.

Applicants for Fife and Drum Corps vacancies are pre-screened for qualification, and a select number of candidates are invited to attend a live audition at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.



Annual starting salary of $73,000 to $78,000


Full medical and dental coverage

Paid Leave

30 days paid vacation annually


The Blended Retirement System allows you to immediately begin contributing to a retirement account, in addition to being eligible for a pension after 20 years of active duty service.


Earn full tuition for higher education through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Also, tuition assistance is available for continuing education.

Military Rank

Members of The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps are given the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 42S (forty-two sierra), “Special Band Musician.” Personnel are promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) shortly after completion of Basic Combat Training.


Permanent duty assignment to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The United States Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer