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Bands

Function

The main role of The Blues and Royals Band is to provide musical support for the Army and to carry out Ceremonial duties, for example Trooping the Colour, and Changing the Guard at Windsor Castle. However, the life of a musician in the Band of The Blues and Royals is far more varied and you can expect to play in various groups and travel to places you have never seen before.

In recent years it has completed tours of USA, Canada and also visited Portugal, Germany, Bosnia and France. Many major sporting events have also been regular engagements for us and these include the FA Cup Final, Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta and Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Qualifications

We are always looking for good musicians. Your enthusiasm for music, coupled with your capability to learn is often more important than paper qualifications, therefore, the initial interview and audition will be the key to showing the potential required.

Enlistment Procedure

If you are interested in life as a musician in the Band of The Blues and Royals and want to find out more, we can arrange a look at life visit where you can spend a few days working with us. You will meet members of the Band and have an opportunity to ask questions and get a feel for the kind of life we lead.

During this time, you may have an interview and an informal audition with the Director of Music, who will decide whether you are a suitable candidate to pursue your application. The enlistment procedure is available at your local Armed Forces Careers Office, but in outline it is as follows:

  • Visit the Band.
  • Army Entrance Test at the Careers Office.
  • A two-day visit to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in Twickenham for a formal audition and theoretical assessment.
  • Phase 1 Basic Military training at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester.
  • Phase 2 Training at RMSM, Kneller Hall.
  • Phase 3 Equitation Course at The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in Knightsbridge.

Benefits

There are many benefits to be gained from life as an Army musician. Lessons will be given at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall by top civilian professors. Teaching will also be given in equitation, where a high standard of riding will be achieved.

You will receive subsidised food and accommodation or Service Family Accommodation (house or flat) if you are married. Leave (holiday) is very generous and the Pension Scheme within the Army is one of the best around.

Location

The Band's location changes every four years between Combermere Barracks in Windsor and Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge, London. This is an exchange between the Band of The Life Guards and ensures that the Mounted Regiment in London, and the Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment in Windsor has the support of both Household Cavalry Bands over a period of time.

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