Army band soldier playing a French horn


Different paths to your music career

If you're already studying music in school or are a working musician, U.S. Army Bands offer great opportunities for your musical career. It's a gig that gives you the time to concentrate on music while earning a steady paycheck. As an Army musician, special band member or U.S. Army Bands officer, you'll be able to hone your musical techniques and abilities in a variety of musical styles. You may even be eligible for an assignment to one of the Army bands playing worldwide for dignitaries, heads of state or even the president of the United States.


Musicians specialize in one (or more) of the following instruments/specialties: tuba, trombone, euphonium, bassoon, electric bass guitar, saxophone, flute or piccolo, oboe, clarinet, French horn, percussion, cornet or trumpet, guitar, keyboard, vocalist, and music production. Musicians perform in a variety of ensembles ranging from ceremonial band to jazz band to small ensembles, playing all styles of music. They are primarily responsible for performing and rehearsing as a professional musician within different ensembles of an Army band.


The special band musician performs as a musician or in direct support of the mission of one of the Army's Premier Bands: the United States Army Band, The U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Military Academy Band or The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. 

Army Conductor


Every year, U.S. Army Bands selects one or two highly qualified individuals via competitive auditions to serve as Army Bands officers. These officers rotate through a variety of positions, including associate conductor, administrator and instructor at the U.S. Army School of Music. After several years of experience, a band officer will also serve as commander and principal conductor of an Army Band.


U.S. Army Bands offers an exciting and fulfilling opportunity to work with outstanding musicians in service to our country. Follow link for more information, including eligibility and audition requirements for conductors.

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