I've met the current US Army band recruiter, Sgt. Pyne. He would be the one to get ahold of if you are looking to do this as a career. It can be very fulfilling, but it is true that the level of musicianship goes up as the number of musician jobs goes down.
'My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.'
- Charles Dickens
I've been a Navy fleet musician for 18yrs. When I first joined, there were people in my section who had never had a lesson before the Navy, never were good enough for an All State audition, and didn't play as well as I did in middle school. These days, the majority of our people have graduate degrees, and play beautifully! As gigs become more scarce and college loans harder to pay off, we get better and better players. Lately, our trumpet quota has been zero, so even if you pass the audition with flying colors you may be waiting a while for an opening! That being said, our bands are pretty darned good right now.
Adams A1, satin gold lacquer, 0.55 (and it's twin in clear lacquer)
Adams F2, gold brass bell 0.55
Yamaha 8335LA (Navy horn)
Adams ACB Prologue
NY Bach Mercury
Marcienkewicz Rembrandt flugel (for sale! Contact Trent Austin for details)
French Besson Classic C
Yamaha 761 Eb/D
Weril Regium Eb/D (for sale soon)
vintage Benge pocket trumpet
Austin Custom Brass mouthpieces
More news to come!
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