As far as careers in music go, the army may not seem an obvious choice. However, with 22 Regular and 19 Reserve bands based throughout the UK, The Corps of Army Music offers the opportunity to perform at famous, high profile events all around the world including State Ceremonial occasions. What’s more, it offers a full-time salaried career as a professional musician playing everything from military marching music to jazz and contemporary.
To apply, you will need to be 16.5 years and over, and will need to pass both an audition and a fitness test. Training involves a 23-week basic military course followed by musical training at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall, Twickenham, before being assigned to a band.
Here’s a taster of what life is like for an army musician:
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