Bass Drum

The Bass Drum Section performs on custom, handmade rope-tension bass drums in ceremonies, parades, and concerts.

Our bass drum musicians come from a variety of backgrounds including classical percussion, drumset, Ancient fife and drum, and Drum Corps International. It is these broad stylistic influences that make the section so unique.

About the Bass Drum

Drums have been used throughout military history for both entertainment and coordinating troops on the battlefield. During the American Civil War, the bass drum most often accompanied regimental bands with a steady marching beat. In the 20th century, rudimental bass drumming developed into a unique percussive art form, a tradition our Bass Drum Section continues to this day!

The Bass Drum Section performs on handmade, rope-tensioned bass drums designed specifically for their performance demands. The drums measure 26" in diameter and 16" across the shell. All drums are emblazoned with the Regimental Colors of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) flanked by the campaign streamers for all battles in which The Old Guard has participated.

Benefits

Compensation

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

Healthcare

Full medical and dental coverage

Paid Leave

30 days paid vacation annually

Retirement

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.

Education

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.

Location

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