Jazz Band Assistant Director Search and Position Information

Search Announcement and Organization Information

D.C.’s Different Drummers (DCDD) announces a search to fill the position of Jazz Band Assistant Director. Applications are due by April 12, 2024 via Google Form.

D.C.’s Different Drummers is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ+) community, non-profit, music organization welcoming ALL musicians as it fosters pride, inclusivity, and engagement with the greater Washington, D.C. region through music.

The DCDD Jazz Band performs in the National Capital Region. The ensemble typically rehearses late August to early June at Capitol Hill’s Lutheran Church of the Reformation every Wednesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The group consists of 20 to 30 participating musicians.

DCDD’s full membership includes over 125 people with additional ensembles that cover classical, contemporary, concert band, marching music, and color guard. We perform in the DC metro region and bring LGBTQ+ and allied musicians together for musical performance, educational and community outreach, and social connections. Most of our ensembles are non-audition and some of our members have not picked up an instrument in decades, so everyone is encouraged to join!                                            

Position Title: DCDD Jazz Band Assistant Director

The DCDD Jazz Band Assistant Director will work with the Jazz Band Director, DCDD Board of Directors (Board) and the Artistic Committee to help guide and execute the artistic vision for the DCDD Jazz Band and the jazz combo, 2nd Independence. The DCDD Jazz Band Assistant Director is a member of the Artistic Committee. The DCDD Jazz Band Assistant Director may collaborate and assist the other DCDD ensemble directors and any other recognized DCDD ensembles, to establish a consistent artistic vision for DCDD. Final artistic decisions will be left to the Director of the specific ensembles in question.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

The Assistant Director shall serve along with the Jazz Band Director on the Artistic Committee as appointed by the DCDD Board, and other persons appointed by the Board to develop and implement all DCDD performances.

    • Assist the Director with the musical direction for the DCDD Jazz Band through the selection of repertoire and interpretation of theme for each performance.
    • Assist in the preparation of the annual/season calendar.
    • Assist the director with communication to membership and leadership.
    • Other logistical support for the Artistic Director as needed.
    • Coordinate all weekly rehearsal logistics such as unlocking/locking and monitoring the facilities.
    • Arrive early to rehearsal to help with setup and breakdown of the rehearsal space.
    • Coordinate music distribution, including retrieving and returning music to and from the storage unit, scanning parts, making copies, and collecting and sorting music at the end of each season.
    • Coordinate production and equipment needs for the DCDD rehearsals and performances, including truck rentals for rhythm section transportation.
    • In the case of Artistic Director absence, run rehearsal from prewritten rehearsal notes.
    • Conduct outreach and communicate with local music venues to book concerts for the full Jazz Band and 2nd Independence, in coordination with the Artistic Director.
    • Coordinate the use of guest soloists, clinicians, and ringers.
    • Oversee the management of the DCDD-owned instruments for the Jazz Band.
    • Oversee calculation of concert attendance statistics.
    • Optional/Encouraged – Be a performing instrumentalist in the ensemble.
    • Collaborate with the Membership Committee on recruitment and retention of Jazz Band Members.
    • Coordinate social events for Jazz Band members.
    • Advocate for the organization by speaking to community members and the media on behalf of DCDD.
    • Serve as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the DCDD Board of Directors. Represent the Jazz Band at board meetings if the Artistic Director is unable to attend.
    • Act within DCDD bylaws, policies, procedures, and rulings made by the Board of Directors.
    • Failure to perform the duties and responsibilities listed above may result in the activation of the dispute resolution process.

Honorarium, Benefits, and Responsibilities of the DCDD Board of Directors in Return

  • We anticipate DCDD will provide an annual honorarium of which will be paid in four (4) installments.
  • DCDD will provide a “Miscellaneous Reimbursement” in the amount of a minimum of $200 to be used for professional development to purchase books or attend classes or seminars in order to improve skills to the performance of the duties and responsibilities of this position.
  • The DCDD Jazz Band Assistant Director will not pay membership dues.
  • Honorarium payments are made in October, January, April, and July of fiscal year 2024-2025. Stipend will be prorated based on the candidate’s start date for the first year.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Experience as a jazz musician
  2. Experience managing projects and working in collaboration with others toward a common goal
  3. Strong organizational skills
  4. Experience supporting and working with the LGBTQIA+ community
  5. Must be comfortable serving as a public representative of an LGBTQIA+ organization.
  6. Interest and ability to assist in developing an artistic vision for a community performance ensemble with goals to increase membership numbers, and develop musical skill and the quality of performance
  7. Familiarity with notation software such as Sibelius or MuseScore preferred

Application Process & Timeline

  1. Submit application materials no later than April 12, 2024 via Google Form
  2. 2. A complete application includes submission of resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references that can speak to your qualifications for this position.
  3. We anticipate interviews will be conducted via an online meeting platform May 7 or 9.

Contact information

Please reach out to Meredith Carpenter with questions related to the Jazz Band Assistant Director search process at JazzADSearch@dcdd.org.