Join the RAN Band

ABMUSN David McMullen plays his saxophone as the Royal Australian Navy Band Western Australia entertains the crowds during the Port of Fremantle Maritime Day.

Entry levels

There are two levels of entry for musicians to join the Navy:

Qualified Entry Sailor - Non Degree

  • AMusA or equivalent standard

Qualified Entry Sailor - Degree

  • A relevant degree from a recognised music institution

All Musician applicants are required to audition to the satisfaction of the Director of Music - Navy.


Instrument categories

Flute and piccolo, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet and cornet, french horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba, double bass, bass guitar, percussion, drum kit, piano, voice and rhythm guitar. Position availability varies each year.


Pay and allowances

Once you finish your initial military and job training you will earn a highly competitive salary. Plus, you get the added benefits of free health care, excellent superannuation, subsidised food and accommodation.

Further information on joining the Royal Australian Navy Band can be obtained by contacting Defence Jobs on 13 19 01 or (external link)


Current vacancies

Full Time Positions (may be located in either Sydney or Melbourne)

Auditions are currently being held for the following full time vacancies.

  • Clarinet
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Acoustic and electric bass
  • Piano
  • Tuba

Part Time (Naval Reserve) positions

RAN Band South Australia

  • Drum Kit
  • Trumpet

RAN Band Western Australia

  • Lead Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Male Vocal

RAN Band Tasmania

  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Kit

RAN Band Queensland

  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Kit
  • Trombone/Tuba
  • Trumpet

Audition forms


Further joining information

To commence an application to join the Royal Australian Navy Band contact Defence Force Recruiting on 13 19 01 or visit the Defence Jobs (external link) website.

For more information including audition requirements and audition excerpts contact:

Royal Australian Navy Band
National Public Relations Manager
Ph: (02) 9359 2618


No vacancy for your instrument?

Email your contact details, CV and/or demo recording to for consideration for future vacancies.