The Corps of Army Music delivers musical support to the Army and the wider Defence community. The role of Headquarters is to give direction and professional advice on Army music matters and develop the ethos of Army musicians.
The Corps of Army Music is the public face of the Army and supports National and Defence interests around the globe, where its specialist musical abilities cross international languages and cultures.
These specialist musical capabilities include:
Symphonic Wind Bands
Small Ensembles (quintets etc)
Traditional Folk Music Groups
Bands support the ethos, tradition and identity of our Armed Forces around the globe. At home we are the public face of the Army by supporting troops marching through towns and cities, performing in concert halls or at county shows, Beating the Retreat or performing at State Ceremonial occasions.
Through Music, Service Bands are to sustain and develop the moral component of fighting power, support State Ceremonial, and achieve influence in order to further Defence and National interests.
Music is utilised in the British Armed Forces as a source of influence. It contributes to the moral component of fighting power by supporting the ethos, tradition and identity of our personnel.
A career or job in the Corps of Army Music can offer full time employment as a musician within the British Army. A pensionable career potentially to the age of 60. Fantastic travel opportunities with the chance to perform at great venues and events around the world.
The Corps of Army Music is interested in your performance and potential rather than just music qualifications.
Not all musicians have recognised musical qualifications, so with or without them you may gain entry in to the Corps by audition alone. If you can demonstrate you have the potential we are looking for, we can help develop it to the full. Interested then please get in touch:
Telephone: 020 8744 8668
The Corps of Army Music was formed in 1994 under the Options for Change Defence Review. All Regular Army Bands are part of the Corps of Army Music.
Today's modern military musicians are extremely capable and multi talented and perform in various sized groups, from Marching Band to Rock & Pop Group, Mounted Band to String Orchestra.
The home of the Corps is Kneller Hall, Twickenham, a site that encompasses the Headquarters, Corps of Army Music and The Royal Military School of Music. The School was founded by His Royal Highness Field Marshal the Duke of Cambridge after his appointment as Commander in Chief in 1857, when the first class of military musicians was formed, a Class of Music.
The establishment was graciously retitled as The Royal Military School of Music in the Golden Jubilee year of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1887. A plaque to commemorate the Centenary of the School's opening was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1957.
The Band of The Household Cavalry
Combermere Barracks, Windsor, SL4 3LN
5 x Foot Guards Bands
Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, SW1E 6HQ
The Countess of Wessex's String Orchestra
Royal Artillery Barracks, Repository Road, SE18 4BH
The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland
Dreghorn Barracks, Edinburgh, EH13 9QN
The Band and Bugles of The Rifles
Worthy Down Barracks, Winchester, SO21 2RG
The Band of the Prince of Wales
MOD St Athan, St Athan, CF62 4WA
British Army Band Catterick
Piave Lines, Catterick, DL9 3LE
British Army Band Colchester
Merville Barracks, Colchester, CO2 7UT
British Army Band Sandhurst
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Camberley, GU15 4PQ
British Army Band Tidworth
Lucknow Barracks, Tidworth, SP9 7BU
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British Army Music is recruiting right now. For more information about joining the British Army as a musician, get in touch with the Corps Engagement Team.
CAMUS Corps Engagement Team, Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, Twickenham, TW2 7DU
Tel: 0208 744 8668 Email: CAMUSHQ-CET-0Mailbox@mod.gov.uk