Musician

Corps of Army Music

"It pays to be an Army musician"

"The Army performs a wide variety of musical genres alongside the opportunity for a full time, salaried career."
Army musicians are paid to perform at famous, high-profile events in the UK and all over the world. The Corps of Army Music is made up of 22 Regular and 19 Reserve bands that play everything from military marching music to jazz and contemporary, and needs musicians with a wide range of specialisms. Join us and you'll spend your days rehearsing and developing music for concerts and gigs alongside like-minded people.

Training For The Role

Step 1
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.

Step 2
Your phase 2 training is music-based. We’ll build on what you already know and work to make you a better performer and musician, preparing you for a career with one of our bands.

Entry Requirements

Age: 16 years 6 months - 36 years 11 months
Qualifications:

You must pass an audition, which is made up of:

  • Sight reading and aural perception tests
  • A general musicianship paper
  • Scales and arpeggios
  • Two contrasting pieces that best demonstrate your ability
  • All standard Army entrance requirements
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Once you’ve joined, you can get qualifications in performance, conducting and more.
  • BTEC Level 2 Qualification in Music.
  • Associate Trinity College London (ATCL) Diploma in Music Performance.
  • Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) Diploma in Musical Direction.

Rank Progression

Learn about rank progression here.

Pay and Benefits

From the Field

“I believe the standard is very high here, as in the civilian world. However, the variety of performance and audiences is vast. The opportunity to travel and experience different things is incredible. These things aren’t always available to a civilian.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. You'll also be expected to audition to see if you have the musical ability needed to join the Corps of Army Music.

Training For The Role

Step 1
Your basic training takes place over a series of evening, weekend and residential courses.

Step 2
You’ll then start your music-based training. We’ll build on what you already know and work to make you a better performer and musician, preparing you for your role with one of our Reserve bands.

Entry Requirements

Age: 18 years - 49 years 11 months
Fitness:
  • Mid Thigh Pull 46kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
  • 2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications: You must pass an audition and standard Army tests

Qualifications You Could Get After Training

None specified

Pay and Benefits

You'll get paid a day rate according to your rank, starting from £39.34 in training and rising to £50.21 per day once you're a Private. This includes being paid for weekly drill nights. Plus, if you complete all of your annual training days, you're entitled to a tax-free lump sum called a bounty.

More about Reserve benefits

From the Field

“I joined the Army Reserve after a full career in the Regulars, which I finished as Corps Sergeant Major. It’s great to keep the ethos, traditions and work ethic I experienced as a Regular Musician and have a full-time civilian job. What’s more, I get paid.”

HOW TO APPLY

Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. You'll also be expected to audition to see if you have the musical ability needed to join the Corps of Army Music.