Musician (42R)

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.

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A time-honored tradition with a rich history…

A profession deeply rooted in Military culture… and the pride of our Nation…

An opportunity to do what you love every day… while earning a steady paycheck… and serving your country.

Army Musicians serve as musical ambassadors, entertaining and boosting morale, enhancing ceremonies and special events, and providing community and International outreach.

Becoming an Army Musician is a selective and competitive process.

Candidates for this MOS must be accomplished musicians with performance experience; have the versatility to play in any style in multiple ensembles; and be able to work as part of a team.

While not required, those selected often have college degrees in music, and professional playing experience.  Additional skills such as writing, arranging, improvising, and conducting are valued and rewarded.

Army bands feature more than a dozen types of instruments, including brass, woodwind, rhythm, and percussion, as well as vocalists and support technicians.

To be considered, you must perform a live audition which will consist of your prepared solos and excerpts, and provided selections demonstrating multiple styles of music.

Once selected as an Army Musician, you will complete your enlistment process and attend Basic Combat Training, followed by 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where you will learn to incorporate your existing musical skills into the duties of an Army Musician.

Upon graduation, you will be assigned to one of the many Army Bands in the United States, or overseas…

Where you will have the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles at many types of events such as Army ceremonies, parades, concerts, and festivals, playing all styles of music.

As an Army Musician, you may have the opportunity to travel, collaborating with bands from different countries around the world, and helping to build bonds between heads of state with diplomatic concert performances.

You will also perform in local communities, getting the chance to inspire and impact young lives by working with or performing for school children.

When you aren’t performing, you will be learning and rehearsing new music, with time for individual practice.

Since this is an Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program designated MOS, your talent and preexisting skills allow you to enter the Army at the advanced rank of Specialist, or E-4.

You will also have the opportunity to continue your musical studies, and to lead and conduct ensembles as you advance in rank.

The skills and performance experience gained as an Army Musician can prepare you for a future in a variety of musical pursuits. You may find a civilian career working with professional orchestras, bands, choral groups, in recording studios, or as a teacher.

Whether your style is traditional or more modern, the Army offers a unique opportunity to turn your musical talent into a stable career, performing alongside other skilled musicians on a daily basis.

Pursue your passion while serving your country…

Military Occupational Specialty: Musician

The gig you’ve been waiting for.