Military Instrumentalists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Instrumentalists play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, and as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group. For instrumentalists, knowledge of musical conducting, rehearsal techniques, transpositions, and the ability to read printed music are mandatory. Instrumentalists may lead or direct other musicians.

Work Environment

Instrumentalists play indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances, and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts.  They also travel regularly.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
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Salary

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Education

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training.  Although musicians must be musically proficient to enter the service, music training is given to new band members. Instrumentalists in the Military will gain skills through regular rehearsals, individual practice, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Music theoryGroup instrumental techniquesIndividual instrumental fundamentalsSight-reading musical scores

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Knowledge

  • Fine Arts
  • English Language
  • Communications and Media
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Education and Training
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