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42R --Band Member

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Basic Job Description

Note: Army Band is a special enlistment program. In order to qualify for a position with the Army Band, you must pass one or more auditions. You must be a fairly accomplished musician and have good music sight-reading ability.

Members of Army Bands are involved in the vibrant tradition of performing at Army ceremonies, parades, concerts, festivals, dances and many other events. Musicians perform in a variety of ensembles ranging from ceremonial band to jazz band to small ensembles, playing all styles of music.

The Army Bandsperson specializes in one (or more) of the following instruments: Tuba, Trombone, Euphonium, Bassoon, Electric Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Flute or Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, French Horn, Percussion, Cornet or Trumpet, Guitar, and Keyboard.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Performs all applicable styles of music on an instrument. Expected styles include, but are not limited to, the following: marching band, ceremonial band, concert band, "classical", jazz, ethnic, and "popular" music compositions. Performs on a musical instrument in a variety of ensembles, ranging from solo performance to full concert band. Tunes an instrument to a given pitch. Transposes moderately easy music. Discriminates and matches pitch. Performs operator maintenance on a musical instrument. Augments local security during periods of heightened combat intensity as required. Performs bugle calls in ceremonies.

Provides technical guidance to lower grade personnel. Performs duties in administration, training, supply, and/or operations as required.

Training Information

Job training for a Musician requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Va.

Some of the training includes:

  • Private instrumental instruction
  • Music theory
  • Sight singing and ear training
  • Group instrumental techniques
  • Percussion techniques

ASVAB Score Required: None established

Security Clearance: None

Strength Requirement: light for Cornet or Trumpet Player , French Horn Player , Flute or Piccolo Player , and Clarinet Player and medium for Baritone or Euphonium Player , Trombone Player , Tuba Player . Oboe Player . Bassoon Player , Saxophone Player , Percussion Player , Keyboard Player , Guitar Player and Electric Bass Guitar Player .

Physical Profile Requirement: 222222

Other Requirements

  • None

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