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Chicago Symphony 
    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its second century enjoys an enviable position in the music world. Performances are greeted with enthusiasm both at home and abroad. Best-selling recordings continue to win prestigious international awards, and syndicated radio broadcasts are heard by millions nationwide. 
San Francisco Symphony 
    Making music is one of our basic needs. It is as necessary as food or drink or breath. Making music passionate is what matters to me most. And with this orchestra the possibilities are limitless. The San Francisco Symphony and I hope you'll be with us as we embrace the ultimate musical challenge on our journey to the year 2000. 
    - Michael Tilson Thomas 
U.S. Air Force Band 
    The United States Air Force Band advertises all projected openings in the American Federation of Musicians' International Musician. All final auditions will be held at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. Audition winners must be able to enter the United States Air Force for a minimum of four years. A federal security clearance for duties in support of the President of the United States will be required. Maximum age at the time of enlistment is 34. 
U.S. Army Band 
    Impressed by European military bands during World War I, General of the Armies John J. Pershing imagined an Army Band equally as impressive as those great military musical units. In January 1922, Pershing sent a note to Captain Parry W. Lewis, ordering him to "Organize and equip The Army Band." The Army Band today is the official band for many diplomatic and state functions in the nation's capital. 
U.S. Army Field Band 
    From Boston to Bombay, Tokyo to Toronto,The United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year to present a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences in every state of the nation and around the world. 
U.S. Coast Guard Band 
    Since its formation in 1925, the Coast Guard Band has developed an international reputation as one of the finest professional concert bands in the world, offering music of great variety and appeal. The band produces recordings and regularly furnishes programs to National Public Radio for broadcast over the entire country. Concerts have also been broadcast in Australia, Japan and Europe. 
U.S. Marine Band 
    The President's Own" United States Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization, having celebrated its 200th anniversary in 1998. Its primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States. Auditions are held only as vacancies occur, are held in Washington, DC, and applicants must travel to Washington at their own expense. Successful candidates must pass standard Marine Corps aptitude and physical examinations prior to enlistment at which time they will be appointed a Staff Sergeant (E-6) in the Marine Corps and report directly to Washington for duty with "The President's Own." Members of the United States Marine Band are exempt from Marine Corps recruit training.
U.S. Military Academy 
    The United States Military Academy Band is the oldest musical organization in the United States Army. Its primary mission is to provide musical support for the United States Corps of Cadets. The Military Academy Band performs a wide variety of commitments, including public concerts, ceremonies, chamber music recitals, recording sessions, and athletic events, and has appeared at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. 
U.S. Naval Academy Band 
    Formed in November 1852, the Naval Academy Band has established a reputation for outstanding musical support to the Brigade of Midshipmen. The current version of the band is a far cry from the 13 men who reported to Annapolis over 140 years ago. Today, because of the unmatched versatility of its members, the band is able to blend tradition and change into a wide of variety of musical styles. 
U.S. Navy Band 
    Navy Bureau of Personnel Instruction 5450.38, states the mission of Navy Band Washington, DC is "to provide music for such ceremonies, functions and other occasions as may be directed by proper authority in order to best represent the Navy in a musical capacity by stimulating retention and recruiting, promoting community relations, and enhancing the prestige of the Naval service." 
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