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Military Trumpet Jobs
This episode has a detailed discussion of common mistakes players make when sending in audition tapes. Hopefully it is helpful to you in making higher quality tapes for your next audition!
Staff Sergeant Ryan Brewer is a native of North Richland Hills, Texas and has been a member of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, D.C. since October 2020 where he performs with the Ceremonial Band. From 2016 to 2020, Ryan served with The United States Army Field Band as co-principal trumpet and commercial/lead trumpet player of the Concert Band and Chamber Brass quintet. In 2019 and 2020, Staff Sgt. Brewer was featured on multiple tours with The U.S. Army Field Band. He is also a founding member of the U.S. Army Trumpet Ensemble, the Army’s first musical recruitment group that includes representatives of both premier and regional bands. Before joining the Army, Ryan was an orchestral fellow at National Repertory Orchestra.
Ryan received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX where he served as the graduate trumpet assistant. Ryan’s principal teachers were Keith Johnson and Gary Wurtz with supplemental instruction by Chris Gekker, Mark Hughes, John Holt, and Adam Gordon.
Kevin Paul, trumpet, currently serves in The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” previously served in the U.S. Army Field Band, and has auditioned for every military band in Washington D.C. In addition to his rich and exciting performance career in the U.S. Army Band, he runs militarytrumpetjobs.com and tours and performs with the Army Music Trumpet Ensemble. Kevin is a wealth of knowledge on all things military music and I am so glad he took the time to answer these questions. There are so many fantastic career opportunities for musicians in the U.S. military bands and I hope this interview can shed some more light on the subject for anyone interested in pursuing these jobs. Please enjoy and feel free to leave questions or comments for Kevin below or in the official Audition Playbook discussion group.