CORPS ENGAGEMENT TEAM
The CET are a small group of Army musicians dedicated to supporting potential applicants and gatekeepers in finding out more about careers in British Army music.
- We are your initial point of contact before making an application to join British Army Music.
- The CET will arrange visits for you to meet regular Army Bands.
- Learn about exciting recruitment opportunities.
- We encourage everyone who makes an application to experience British Army Music before applying.
There are lots of options for musicians to discover more:
- Spend a working day with a Band and join in rehearsals.
- Take part in a concert with an Army Band.
- Attend a masterclass or concert.
- Attend an open day.
- Apply for CAMUS Academies, held biannually.
This is classed as a continuation of secondary education and can be an alternative to college, 6th form or an apprenticeship. Junior soldiers will remain in training until 18 years old. Applicants who opt for this route undertake military training at Army Training Centre Harrogate, including an element of musical tuition and education.
- Joining at 16-17 years old.
- Spend 36 weeks learning basic soldiering skills.
- Followed by 52 weeks of music training at the Royal Military School of Music.
- Joining at 17-36.
- Spend 14 weeks learning military training at Army Training Regiment, Pirbright.
- Followed by a minimum of 10 weeks military music training at the Royal Military School of Music.
Apply for our CAMUS Academies held biannually. Each week is a perfect opportunity to experience life as a professional Army Musician;
- Meet Army musicians.
- Join rehearsals.
- Take part in a joint concert.
- Experience Military Training.
- It's FREE to take part and all food, travel and accommodation is provided.
The Corps of Army Music regularly works with music educators and leaders providing support to engage, develop and inform young musicians about a professional career in music. We do this through practical music making activities, learning opportunities and creative ideas which allow us to promote military music to a musical audience;
- Careers presentations.
- Musical coaching.
- Combined concerts.
- Adjudicators for musical competitions.
- Conductors for large events.
- Single instrumental support.
- Partnerships with musical institutions.
- Project support - Higher Education assignments.
Would you like your tuition fees paid for?
For a 4 year commitment to British Army Music, we are offering a bursary of up to £9,250 per year for up to a 3 year period to offset tuition fees during your studies.
Successful applicants will be required to complete the Army Application process to confirm their suitability to join the British Army as a musician. Alongside your studies, you will be encouraged to join an Army Reserve Band (where you could earn up to £5,000 in the first year), the University Officer Training Corps or attend frequent Army band events throughout the year.
After completing your studies, you must complete either Basic Training or Initial Trade Training at the Royal Military School of Music. After which you will earn a salary of over £20,000.
The Joining Process
Select the ‘Start your Army application’ and complete the candidate registration form. You will need to apply to join as a solider.
You will be invited to your local career centre, be given a personal development plan to follow and a Candidate Support Manager (CSM) to help you get ready for the assessment centre.
Your assessment will last for 2 days and will take place in one of our Assessment Centres in the UK. We will pay for your travel to get there and back.
This is your chance to see whether the Army is right for you, and for us to see whether you're suitable to join. During your stay, the assessment will include:
• A full medical examination.
• Physical and mental tests.
• Team exercises to see how you work with other people.
• A short talk about yourself to a small group.
• A career discussion.
Your most local Army Band will act as a support for you to prepare for your music audition.
Your audition will take place at the Royal Military School of Music on your primary instrument, you will be required to perform:
• Two contrasting pieces.
• Sight reading.
• A theory and aural assessment.
• A short interview with the auditioning panel.
All assessments completed
• We will check your references and run a background check.
• If everything is okay we will send you an offer of employment.
• When you accept the offer, you'll be given a date to start your training and you will formally join (enlist) into the Army. How quickly you can start will depend on the job you've applied to do, the grade you were given at assessment and any personal commitments.
I can’t wait to see what the Regulars have in store for me. Musn Wilson
Musician Wilson - Cornet
Musician (Musn) Emily Wilson began her musical career in the British Army Reserves in 2015 when she joined the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) Regimental Band. She transferred to British Army Band Tidworth, one of British Army Music’s Regular Army Bands, in April 2020. She plays cornet, trumpet and post horn…everything trumpet-related!
Musn Wilson is from Forest of Dean and studied under Paul Denegri and Simon Jones at Wells Cathedral School before continuing her studies at the Royal College of Music, where she was taught by Alastair Mackie, Jason Evans and Alan Thomas.
By gaining experience in the HAC Band, Musn Wilson decided to join British Army Music as a Regular soldier. The fact that she had made friends with some regular musicians, having worked alongside them during her career so far, also helped to influence her decision. She is very much looking forward to the opportunities that British Army Music has to offer, “I can’t wait to see what travel opportunities, Adventurous Training and Short-Term Training Team deployments the Regulars have in store for me.”
One of her career highlights so far is being selected to tour America as part of the British Army Brass Band. She has also performed as part of the HAC brass quintet in Egypt for Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday party celebrations.
Musn Wilson met her husband, who plays the trumpet in the RAF Central Band, while studying at the Royal College of Music. The day after their first wedding anniversary, both performed on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard ceremony!