HOW TO JOIN U.S. Army Bands
In order to join U.S. Army Bands, you must demonstrate a high level of proficiency and versatility on your instrument. While not required, the majority of Army Musicians have completed a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in music and have previous professional experience. To earn a position with U.S. Army Bands, you must complete an audition and be selected for a vacancy.
Learn more about the instruments and positions available in U.S. Army Bands.
THE AUDITION PROCESS
1. SUBMIT AN AUDITION REQUEST
Follow the instructions on the form. After you complete and submit the form, an U.S. Army Bands audition coordinator will get in touch with you.
NOTE: If the Audition Request link is not available, please send an email including your name, phone number, primary instrument, and city/state you are currently located. An audition coordinator for your region will be in touch with you soon.
2. Submit a recording and a performance resume
After you have submitted your audition request. Your audition coordinator will provide you instructions on how to submit your recording and resume.
3. Contact your local Army Recruiter
In order to audition for U.S. Army Bands you must meet all Army eligibility requirements. Contact your local Army recruiter to begin the screening process, which will include a physical exam and standardized testing. Your recruiter will also be able to answer any questions you may have.
4. Schedule the time and location of your audition
After your recruiter has finished the pre-screening process, you will be able to schedule your audition with your audition coordinator. The audition coordinator will travel to you or to a convenient location for the audition.
5. Complete your audition and await your results
Upon successful completion of your audition, you will be considered for available positions on a monthly selection panel. The panel will select the top-scoring applicants for each instrument, depending on current vacancies for that instrument.
If you are selected for a position in U.S. Army Bands, you will enlist for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 42R Army Musician. You will complete nine weeks of Basic Combat Training (BCT), where you will learn the fundamentals of being a Soldier
After Basic Training, you will complete a 10-week course at the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Va. Here, you will learn how to apply your musical skills to the job of an Army Musician. Once you have completed this course, you will report to your first band and begin your career as an Army musician.
ARMY RESERVE AND NATIONAL GUARD AUDITIONS
If you are interested in serving as a member of an Army Reserve or National Guard band, you must follow these steps:
1. Submit an audition request. The audition coordinator can provide contact info for the bands in your area. The band will inform you of current vacancies and audition requirements.
2. Contact your local Army Reserve or Army National Guard recruiter to begin the screening process, which will include a physical exam and standardized testing. Your recruiter will also be able to answer any questions you may have.
3. Schedule your audition with your selected unit.
4. After your recruiter has determined you are qualified for service, and you have passed your audition, you will sign a contract for MOS 42R (Army Musician) and be assigned a training departure date.
Additional Information About U.S. Army Bands
U.S. Army Bands are comprised of 20 active duty Regional Bands, 13 Army Reserve Bands, 51 Army National Guard Bands, and four Premier Bands, each with its own unique mission and qualifications.