Navy Band still hunting a banjo picker

US Navy Band Country CurrentWe heard again this week from our friends with US Navy Band Country Current, saying that they are still on the hunt for a banjo player to join their group.

The position also requires that the successful applicant double on rhythm guitar and harmony vocals, with a starting salary of $58,960-$65,656, plus benefits including 30 days of paid leave.

Amazingly, Country Current has only had two banjo players assigned to the band since 1973. Bill Emerson was the first, and spent 20 years defining the role, and Keith Arneson has filled that gig since Bill retired in 1993. Now it’s time for Keith to step aside, and the band is eager to find a young musician ready to start their adventure in the Navy.

If accepted, the new banjo picker will need to complete basic training, which shouldn’t be too tough for anyone in good physical condition.

Here is video of Country Current performing earlier this summer at Wind Gap, including a plug for the banjo opening.


To be considered for an audition, contact the US Navy Band by phone (202-433-2840) or email. More details about Country Current or the US Navy Band program can be found online.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.