"We're kind of the bridge between the active duty and the civilian world." 

​"We very much humanized the soldier and soldier musician to people that may not have had the opportunity to see a soldier in real life."


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. 


The gig you've been waiting for!

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.

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 everyday, while earning a steady pay check, and serving your country. 

Army musician service musical ambassadors, entertaining and boosting morale, enhancing ceremonies and special events, and providing community and international outreach.

​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 demonstration multiple styles of music.

Once selected is an army musician, you will complete your enlistment process and attend basic combat training followed by 10 weeks of advanced individual training at the US Army's 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 in 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 where its time for individual practice. Since this is in army civilian acquired skills program designated MOS. Your talent and pre-existing skills allow you to enter the army of the advanced rank of specialist or E4. You will also have the opportunity to contribute your musical studies and to lead and conduct ensembles as you would advanced in rank. This skills and performance experience gained as an army musician can prepare you for a future in a  variety of musical pursuits. You may find your civilian career working with professional orchestras, bands, choral groups, in recording studios, or as a teacher. 

"The Governors Own"

"I've played with some of the greatest on the stage with the army bands and I've gotten to see so many great musicians due to the army being able to come in everyday and play jazz is probably the most fulfilling thing that I could possibly do."

"With some aptitude and some experience, I pursued an education just making sure that all the efforts of the musicians and the performance are being delivered in very professional manner instead of just what can we figure out in that moment."

126th Army Band