Everyone wants to belong to something. A football team, a family, a close-knit group of friends. The sense of belonging you find in the Army is next level. When you’ve trained together, side by side, learned things no classroom can teach you. When you’ve lived together and worked together, it creates a bond like no other. A bond that lasts a lifetime, and sees you through whatever life throws at you.

Join the Army as a musician and you could find yourself at the heart of Britain’s most famous events and occasions, like Trooping the Colour or the State Opening of Parliament. You’ll perform on some of the world’s greatest stages for soldiers, the public and VIPs. It’s a great opportunity to get paid to play music, develop a stable career and work alongside not only the Army, but other services too. You’ll need to pass an audition as well as the usual medical and fitness tests, but if you’re successful you could be in line for a joining bonus of between £4,000 and £10,000. Once you’ve joined, you can gain civilian recognised qualifications in performance, conducting and more.

After training you’ll join one of our many bands. You could be performing anything from musical spectaculars in iconic venues to marches with troops returning from operational tours. Our bands have many different styles, including full-time rock and pop groups, brass bands, symphonic wind bands, marching bands and a string orchestra. You could even train to become a musician on horseback.

In the Army you’ll be expected to play music to a very high standard, often under pressure. That means working together with your fellow musicians to make sure you all perform well. You’ll learn to play in different styles with different groups for different occasions, expanding your musical knowledge while becoming highly adaptable.

First, you learn to be a soldier: how to survive outdoors and fire weapons. The next part of your training will be at The Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall in Twickenham. It lasts between 11 and 44 weeks, depending on your level. The school’s music professors will help you build on your musical skills. Meanwhile, military instructors will help you to be an even better solider. You will also learn the technical skills you need to join an Army band and develop a rewarding career.

The Army can help you gain a range of qualifications. These could include:
• Business and Technology Council (BTEC) Music Level 3
• Associate Diploma Trinity College London (ATCL) in musical performance
• Licentiate Diploma Trinity College London (LTCL) in conducting

We'll be behind you every step of the way as you move up the ranks. Right from the start, you’ll get the support and encouragement you need to make a success of your career. Work hard and you could get promoted (to Bandmaster for example), which will mean more responsibility and extra pay. And along the way, you'll pick up qualifications that are recognised by civilian employers.


You should be:
• Regular Army age: 17.8 - 36.11 years
• Army Reserve age: 17.9 - 42.11 years

Qualifications you’ll need:
• Entry into the Corps of Army Music is by audition. We require our musicians to perform to the highest standards and we will assess your potential to be trained to become an Army Musician.

Interests you’ll have
• Performing in public
• Playing musical instruments
• Working outside
• Office work
• Driving

Our next deadline for application is the 31st of March 2017, with further opportunities ongoing throughout the year.


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