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Corps of Army Music

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.

What We Do

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.

  • 7x Symphonic wind bands - marching and traditional music
  • 2x Wind bands - marching and traditional music
  • 6x Multi capability bands - marching and contemporary music
  • 3x Brass bands - marching and traditional music
  • 1x String orchestra
  • 3x Specialist bands - modern pop music


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.

Want to join us?

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 55. 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 8642
Email: CAMUSHQ-CET-0Mailbox@mod.uk

Training our musicians

The Royal Military School of Music occupies Kneller Hall which is recognized as the home of Army music since its foundation in 1857.

The Phase 2 musicians course (Rendle VC Troop) provides Phase 2 training for all soldiers joining the Corps of Army Music and is undertaken after completion of Phase 1 military training.

The length of this training varies according to the standard of musicianship on entry, running from 11 to 44 working weeks. It is designed to allow musicians to fulfill their potential early with a view to passing mandatory tests for assignment to a band as soon as possible.

On Phase 3 training career development courses for trained musicians within the bands to assist in progressing their careers. This included Command Leadership and Management Courses (CLM) and the new Musical Direction (MD) courses.


Our Bands

  • The Band of The Household Cavalry
    Located in Windsor. Telephone: 01753 755209
  • The Band of the Adjutant General's Corps
    Located in Worthy Down. Telephone: 01962 887720
  • The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps
    Located in Catterick.  Telephone: 01748 872278
  • The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra
    Located in Woolwich. Telephone: 020 8781 3219
  • The Royal Artillery Band
    Located in Tidworth. Telephone: 01980 650814
  • The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers
    Located in Chatham. Telephone:  01634 822911

  • Band of the Grenadier Guards
    Located in Central London: Telephone: 0207 4142525
  • Band of the Coldstream Guards
    Located in Central London: Telephone:  0207 414 3269
  • Band of the Scots Guards
    Located in Central London: Telephone: 0207 414 3214
  • Band of the Irish Guards
    Located in Central London: Telephone:020 7414 3253
  • Band of the Welsh Guards
    Located in Central London: Telephone: 0207 414 3286

  • The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland
    Located in Edinburgh. Telephone: 0131 3102734
  • The Band of The Queen's Division
    Located at RAF Henlow. Telephone:  01462 851515 Ext 7801
  • The Band of The King's Division
    Located in Preston. Telephone: 01772 260942
  • The Band of The Prince of Wales's Division
    Located near Cardiff. Telephone: 01446 798409
  • The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals
    Located in RAF Cosford. Telephone: 01902 377367

  • The Band and Bugles of The Rifles
    Located near Winchester. Telephone: 01962 888282
  • The Band of The Parachute Regiment
    Located in Colchester. Telephone: 01206 815291
  • The Band of The Brigade of Gurkhas
    Located in Follstone. Telephone: 01303 225790
  • The Band of the Army Air Corps
    Located in Colchester. Telephone: 01206 815293

Location of Headquarters Corps of Army Music

Performing music around the world