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 Music Academies, held biannually.


Junior Entry

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.

Standard Entry

  • 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 Music 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 Royal 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.
  • Workshops.
  • 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.

After completing your studies, you must complete Basic Training and Initial Trade Training at the Royal Military School of Music. After which, you will earn a salary of over £20,400.

The Joining Process

Stage 1

Apply online

Select the ‘Start your Army application’ and complete the candidate registration form. You will need to apply to join as a soldier.

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Stage 2

Army Briefing

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.

Stage 3

Army Assessment

Your assessment will last for 2 days and will take place in one of our Assessment Centres within 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

Stage 4

Instrumental Audition

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
  • Scales
  • Sight reading
  • A theory and aural assessment
  • A short interview with the auditioning panel

Stage 5

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.

Musician Spotlights


We have a pivotal role in sounding Reveille during the Festival of Rememberance at the Royal Albert Hall, which has been the highlight of my career LCoH Sandford


Lance Corporal of Horse (LCoH) Kate Sandford started playing cornet from an early age. She studied Creative Music Technology at The University of Huddersfield. During her time in Yorkshire, she studied cornet under Philip McCann and enjoyed the challenges of competing at brass band contests, with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.

LCoH Kate Sandford was recruited into British Army Music as a trumpeter in 2012. During the past 8 years with The Band of The Household Cavalry, she has progressed as a dual instrumentalist on trumpet and harp and has been privileged to perform at many high profile commemorative events, such as The Festival of Remembrance, Passchendaele 100 and most recently for the BBC broadcast, VJ Day.

LCoH Sandford said, “A unique aspect attributed to The Band of The Household Cavalry is the State Trumpet team. The team provides musical support for events attended by the Royal Family and The Lord Mayor of London, such as the diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace and visits from members of heads of state at the Guildhall." LCoH Sandford serves alongside her husband in The Band of The Household Cavalry, they both felt very privileged to perform together at The Royal Wedding as part of the State Trumpet team.

During the festive period of 2019, LCoH Sandford was fortunate enough to be chosen alongside four other musicians to form a brass quintet and provide musical support to the coalition forces in Kabul, Afghanistan. The group travelled between five bases supporting carol services and providing musical assistance when and where it was needed.

Not only is LCoH Sandford a keen harpist, she is in training for her first Ironman 70.3 triathlon in 2021.


Contact Us

For more information on a career in British Army Music, email us at [email protected]