RAN Band Instrument Profiles - Full-Time

As a full-time musician in the Royal Australian Navy Band you will be posted to either RAN Band Sydney or RAN Band Melbourne. Details of the specific instrument roles are listed below. Further information about joining can be found on the Join Us page.

 

Piano

Royal Australian Navy Band Pianists are accomplished performers and specialists in either Jazz or Classical piano.

As a pianist in the Navy Band, your role will comprise playing in the wind band, big band, rock band and jazz ensemble. In addition, pianists regularly perform as a soloist for official functions and salon performances.

Pianists perform in the military (marching) band on military side drum or bell lyre, with the option to play bass drum or cymbals when required. Pianists perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, official functions, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and overseas.

Our Navy pianists are supplied with professional instruments and accessories, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.

 

Clarinet

As a full-time clarinettist in the Navy Band, your role will comprise playing regularly in the wind band on a variety of parts, including the option to play bass, alto and E-flat clarinets.

Clarinettists perform in the military (marching) band and in chamber music ensembles, including woodwind quintets, quartets and trios.

Clarinettists perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, official functions, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and overseas.

Our Navy clarinettists are supplied with professional instruments and accessories such as reeds etc, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.

 

Percussion

Royal Australian Navy Band Percussionists are accomplished performers and specialists in classical percussion.

As a full-time percussionist in the Navy Band, your role will comprise performing in the concert wind ensemble (percussion section), big band (aux perc/vibes), rock band (aux perc) and other small ensembles as required. Percussionists are also required to have a working ability on drum kit.

Percussionists perform on either side drum, bass drum or cymbals in the military (marching) band at a variety of ceremonies and parades.

Percussionists perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, official functions, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and overseas.

Our Navy percussionists are supplied with professional instruments, sticks, heads and accessories, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.

 

Classical Trumpet

As a full-time classical trumpeter in the Navy Band, your role will comprise playing 1st parts on trumpet and cornet in the concert wind ensemble, as well as featuring as a soloist. Classical trumpeters play regularly in brass quintets and with the big band on secondary parts.

Trumpeters perform on cornet in the military (marching) band and are trained military buglers. Performance of bugle calls is a cardinal role of a Navy trumpeter and is steeped in military tradition and identity. Bugle calls are consistently performed at emotive, high profile events, to large domestic and international audiences. Trumpeters perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, official functions, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and overseas.

Our Navy Trumpeters are supplied with professional instruments, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.

 

Vocals

As a full-time vocalist in the Navy Band, your role will comprise singing in a variety of styles with the wind band, big band, rock and jazz ensembles and more. Vocalists sing with the military (marching) band at a variety of ceremonies and are also trained to play military side drum or cymbals when required.

Performance of the Australian National Anthem is a cardinal role of a Navy vocalist and is consistently performed at emotive, high profile events, to large domestic and international audiences. Vocalists perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, official functions, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and overseas.

Our Navy vocalists are supplied with professional audio equipment, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.

 

Euphonium

As a full-time euphonium player in the Navy Band, your role will comprise playing in the wind band, featuring regularly as a soloist. Euphonium players perform in the military (marching) band and have the option to play trombone in the big band.

Euphonium players perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, official functions, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and overseas.

Our Navy Euphonium players are supplied with professional instruments and accessories, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.

 

 

Oboe

As a full-time oboist in the Navy Band, your role will comprise playing regularly in the wind band on a variety of parts, including cor anglais.

Oboists are trained and perform in the military (marching) band on cymbals or bass drum, and perform regularly in chamber music ensembles, including woodwind quintets, quartets and trios.

Oboists perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, official functions, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and overseas.

Our Navy oboists are supplied with professional instruments and accessories, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.