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Some of your duties as a Special Band Member may include:

  • Play in or lead bands, orchestras, combos and jazz groups
  • Perform in military and civilian ceremonies, street parades, concerts, festivals and dances
  • Rehearse and learn new music when not performing
  • Perform all applicable styles of music
  • Transpose music by sight as required
  • Perform maintenance on instrument
  • Supervise and perform organizational maintenance of equipment
  • Perform as an administrative, supply, operations or training Sergeant
  • Participate in security duties during heightened combat intensity as required

In order to qualify for a position with the Army Band, you must pass one or more auditions. You must be an
accomplished musician and have good music sight-reading ability.

Job training for a Special Band Member requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering
skills. Although Special Band Members do not attend Advanced Individual Training (AIT), they will have continuous
training to maintain their instrumental proficiency.

Advanced Responsibilities
Advanced level Special Band Members provides guidance, supervises and trains other Soldiers within the same
discipline. As an advanced level Special Band Member, you may be involved in:

  • Perform as solo instrumentalists or vocalist
  • NCO in an instrumental group
  • Band support technician
  • Administrative and supply support
  • Library support
  • Senior vocalist music annotator/commentator

Related Civilian Jobs
The skills and playing experience you’ll gain as a Special Band Member will prepare you for a future with
professional orchestras, bands and choral groups. You might also work in nightclubs, concert halls, theaters and
recording studios.

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Combat Documentation / Production Specialist (25V)
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