The Bugle Group performs on specially designed two-valve bugles in ceremonies, parades, and concerts. In addition to performing with the Corps, buglers provide support for military funerals.

Auditions at the National Trumpet Competition 2024

Applicants will be assessed on either a solo or excerpts of their choice. Alternatively, if an applicant is planning to audition at NTC for The United States Army Field Band and/or for a United States Army Regional Band (42R position), that may count towards an audition for the Fife and Drum Corps (based on panel member availability).

If advanced, additional time will be scheduled for an applicant to perform section playing with members of the Fife and Drum Corps, and a brief block of marching instruction will take place to determine whether an applicant may be hired for the position. If offered a position onsite, applicants will have 90 days to complete Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to verify eligibility.

If additional time is not available, applicants will be auto-invited (video round waived) to the next live bugle audition in Washington, D.C. All auto-advanced candidates must complete MEPS requirements prior to the onsite audition.

Applicants will be asked to play a solo or excerpts of your choice, or choose from the following: (music available at the link above)

Charlier 6
Barber Commando March
To The Color

Applicants will be asked to play the first parts of the following selections with a section:

Sound Off
American Fanfare

Locations and Times will be updated here as information becomes available. Please check back often!

About the Bugle

Bugle Musicians perform on uniquely designed instruments that bridge the gap between the first Army bugles and the modern day trumpet. The Corps' instrument nods to the traditional bugle through a tightly-coiled wrap and appearance of no valves when played. The instrument, however, incorporates two rotary valves tucked inside the wrap of the instrument, allowing the musicians to perform not only signal calls but to play in multiple keys, serving an integral role in the Corps' arranged music for shows and parades.

Although the earliest Continental musicians used trumpets, the Bugle gained popularity through the turn of the 19th century. By the war of 1812 bugles were in use by the American Army and, like fifes and drums, were used as signal instruments. The bugle of the time contained no valves, which limited available notes to the natural overtone series.



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