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Navy Musicians (MUs) perform at elaborate productions and events such as presidential inaugurations, special ceremonies for foreign dignitaries, Navy celebrations and international parades. You could also find yourself making guest appearances on live TV and radio broadcasts.
Serving in the coveted specialty of an MU, you might:
There are no part-time jobs available for this career track.
Navy Musicians can be assigned to play in one of the Navy’s two Premiere Bands: the United States Navy Band Washington, D.C., or the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md. They may also perform in one of 11 Navy Fleet bands.
Navy musicians set the standard for musical excellence, performing in various musical styles anywhere in the world. Genres range from Broadway to big band, jazz to contemporary rock, country/western to baroque.
Upon completion of initial 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing a Musician role report to the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., where they receive formal Navy training at “A” School for 21 weeks. Here, they develop a working knowledge of performing in concert bands, marching bands, stage bands and small specialty ensembles.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy training in the musician field can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. For example, college credit may be awarded for courses taken in music theory, conducting, and marching and concert band. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the music field in the Navy. Positions in this field are very limited, and qualified applicants must demonstrate a high level of musical skill and knowledge prior to being accepted. Applicants must also pass an official audition and meet all qualifications for enlistment in the Navy. Those seeking a Musician position must be US citizens.
Note that strict appearance requirements must be met in order to be considered.
Contact a Navy Recruiter or call or email the Navy Music Program Audition Supervisor to learn more.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.