British Army Music

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The Royal 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 Royal 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
Mounted Band
Brass Bands
String Orchestra
Rock/Pop Groups
Fanfare Trumpeters
Small Ensembles (quintets etc)
Traditional Folk Music Groups

Music Worldwide

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 Royal 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 Royal 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:

Email: [email protected]

History of the Corps

The Royal Corps of Army Music was formed in 1994 under the Options for Change Defence Review. All Regular Army Bands are part of the Royal 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 Gibraltar Barracks, Minley, a site that encompasses the Headquarters Royal Corps of Army Music and Higher Training Wing of the Royal Military School of Music.

Our Locations

  • 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 9QW

  • The Band and Bugles of The Rifles

    Worthy Down Barracks, Winchester, SO21 2RG

  • The Band of the Prince of Wales

    The Barracks, Watton, Brecon, LD3 7EA

  • 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.

Corps Engagement Team, Headquarters Royal Corps of Army Music, Cloutman Building, Gibraltar Barracks, GU17 9LP
Email: [email protected]