Join the RAN Band

Able Seaman Musician Simon Bartlett performs on the trombone during a concert at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney. Image by ABIS Leo Baumgartner.
Able Seaman Musician Simon Bartlett performs on the trombone during a concert at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney. Image by ABIS Leo Baumgartner.

About the RAN Band

There are two bands of full-time musicians, RAN Band Sydney at HMAS Kuttabul, New South Wales and RAN Band Melbourne at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria, as well as Reserve (part-time) bands in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth.

As a Navy Musician you will perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and internationally. Our Musicians are supplied with professional instruments and accessories, specific military band training, and are afforded practice time within normal working routines.

Navy Musicians undertake a variety of exciting and challenging performance opportunities and Naval roles in addition to domestic events, including regular regional engagement, international representation and maritime operations.

You will receive a competitive salary package with subsidised accommodation, free medical and dental and a generous superannuation package.

To find out more visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/jobs/Navy/musician.

 

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.

RAN Band Instrument Profiles - Full-Time.

 

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 https://navy.defencejobs.gov.au/jobs/musician (external link)

 

Current Vacancies

 

FULL-TIME POSITIONS (may be located in either Sydney or Melbourne)

The Royal Australian Navy Band is responsible for promoting the image of the Royal Australian Navy throughout Australia and overseas. We are looking for enthusiastic and driven professional musicians to grow our team.

These are exciting times for the Royal Australian Navy with an overall increase in capabilities and manpower. Within this opportunity, the RAN Band will increase its capacity and is offering new full-time positions. In March 2021 we conducted auditions for the following Full-Time positions:

  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Piano, and
  • Male Vocalist

This round of auditions has now been completed.

 
  • Jazz Trombonist

Video audition submissions are to be received by 16 April 2021.

 

PART-TIME (NAVAL RESERVE) VACANCIES

The RAN Band is currently accepting applications for the following reserve bands:

  • RAN Band South Australia (Adelaide)
  • RAN Band Tasmania (Hobart)
  • RAN Band Western Australia (Perth)
  • RAN Band Queensland (Brisbane)

Instrumentation: Bass Guitar, Drum Kit, Piano/Keyboard*, Saxophone*, Trombone*, Trumpet*, Vocalist
*Improvisation desirable

The RAN Band is currently accepting applications for part-time positions supporting the following full-time bands:

  • RAN Band Sydney
  • RAN Band Melbourne

Instrumentation: Flute and Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone (Jazz and Classical specialists), Bassoon, Trumpet and Cornet (jazz and classical specialists), French Horn, Euphonium, Trombone (Jazz and Classical specialists), Tuba, Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Drum Kit, Piano, Vocalist and Rhythm Guitar.

Position availability varies each year.

 

Further Information

To commence an application or for more information including audition requirements and audition excerpts please contact:

Royal Australian Navy Band Audition Co-ordinator
Email: navyband.audition@defence.gov.au

 

No vacancy for your instrument?

Email your contact details, CV and/or demo recording to navyband.audition@defence.gov.au for consideration for future vacancies.