Join the RAN Band

Trumpet soloist Leading Seaman Musician Marty Duck performs with the Royal Australian Band Melbourne during its first Soundwaves concert in more than a year, held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. Image by LSIS James McDougall.
Trumpet soloist Leading Seaman Musician Marty Duck performs with the Royal Australian Band Melbourne during its first Soundwaves concert in more than a year, held at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria. Image by LSIS James McDougall.

About the RAN Band

There are two bands of Permanent Navy (full-time) musicians: RAN Band Sydney at HMAS Kuttabul, New South Wales; and RAN Band Melbourne at HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. These Permanent Navy bands also employ Navy Reserve (casual) musicians for additional instrumental support. There are also bands located in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Perth employing Navy Reserve musicians.

The Royal Australian Navy Band is responsible for promoting the values of the Royal Australian Navy throughout Australia and overseas. As a Permanent 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.

As a Permanent Navy Musician you will receive a competitive salary package with subsidised accommodation, free medical and dental and a generous superannuation package.

Typically our Navy Reserve Musicians perform within the city and state of employment, however there is opportunity for domestic and international performance as well as the opportunity for contracted service with the Permanent Navy Bands. Our Reserve Musicians are supplied with professional instruments and accessories, specific military band training, and usually attend a routine weekly rehearsal to prepare for upcoming events.

Our Reserve Musicians enjoy Tax free remuneration based on a daily award rate.

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

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Audition

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

 

Entry Levels

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

  • Qualified Entry Sailor (QES) - Non Degree: AMusA or equivalent qualified/industry standard
  • Qualified Entry Sailor (QES) - Degree: A relevant degree from a recognised music institution

 

Instrument Categories

 

Permanent Navy Bands (and supporting Reserve Musicians)

Flute and Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet and Cornet, French Horn, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba, Double Bass and/or Bass Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Drum Kit, Piano, and Voice. Position availability varies each year, (see Permanent Navy Vacancies).

Applications are encouraged from both Jazz and Classical specialists.

For Reserve Musician vacancies (in support of Permanent Navy Bands), see Reserve Musician Vacancies.

 

Reserve Bands

Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet and Cornet, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba, Double Bass and/or Bass Guitar, Guitar, Drum Kit, Piano, and Voice. Position availability varies each year (see Reserve Band Vacancies).

Multi instrumental capability is advantageous (but not essential). For example, vocals/guitar or woodwind/brasswind doublers.

 

Training

 

Permanent Navy Service

Musicians enlisting in the Permanent Navy Force (full-time) will undergo:

  • Nine weeks (paid) Recruit Training at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School (HMAS Cerberus)
  • Up to seven weeks (paid) Musician Initial Entry Training (MIET) at the Defence Force School of Music, Simpson Barracks, focused on specialist military musician skills.

QES - degree: Members are promoted to Able Seaman on completion of Recruit Training.
QES - non-degree: Members are promoted to Able Seaman Musician on completion of Musician Initial Entry Training.

All members of the permanent Navy Band are trained on Military Side Drum.

 

Reserve Service

Musicians enlisting for Navy Reserve service in the RAN Band will undergo:

  • Four weeks (paid) Recruit Training at the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School (HMAS Cerberus)
  • Members are required to complete the Musician Initial Entry Training (MIET) course, delivered with paid training days as a self-paced learning course, over a maximum period of 24 months.

QES - degree: Members are promoted to Able Seaman on completion of Recruit Training.
QES - non degree: Mmembers are promoted to Able Seaman Musician on completion of Musician Initial Entry Training.

All Reserve members of the Navy Band are trained on Military Side Drum.

 

Pay and Allowances

Information on pay and allowances, and further information on joining the Royal Australian Navy Band, can be found at navy.defencejobs.gov.au/jobs/musician (for Permanent Navy); and navy.defencejobs.gov.au/jobs/reserves/musician (for Reserve service), or by contacting Defence Jobs on 13 19 01.


 

New Vacancies

 

PERMANENT NAVY (FULL-TIME) VACANCIES (may be located in either Sydney or Melbourne)

We are looking for enthusiastic and driven professional musicians to join our team. These are exciting times for the Navy Band as we continue to grow our organisation!

We are currently recruiting for the following full-time position:

  • Piano - applications due 27 May 2022, video submissions due 17 June 2022
  • Guitar - applications due 3 June 2022, video submissions due 24 June 2022
  • Drum Kit - applications due 10 June 2022, video submissions due 01 July 2022

Candidates are encouraged to record an initial posting (location) preference in their application.

 

RESERVE (CASUAL) MUSICIAN VACANCIES SUPPORTING FULL-TIME BANDS

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

  • RAN Band Sydney
  • RAN Band Melbourne

Position availability varies each year.

For the full list of instrumentation, see Instrument Categories.

 

RESERVE BAND (CASUAL) VACANCIES

RAN Reserve Bands currently have vacancies for the following instrumentation:

  • RAN Band South Australia (Adelaide)
    • Trumpet
    • Guitar
    • Tuba
  • RAN Band Tasmania (Hobart)
    • Vocalist
    • Guitar*
    • Bass*
    • Saxophone*
    • Trombone
    • Tuba
    • Clarinet
    • Drum Kit

*jazz experience/specialisation desirable

  • RAN Band Queensland (Brisbane)
    • Vocalist
    • Guitar
    • Bass
    • Saxophone
    • Trombone
    • Drum Kit
  • RAN Band Western Australia (Perth)
    • Bass
    • Guitar
    • Tuba
    • Trombone
    • Saxophone
    • Clarinet

Reserve Band position availability varies each year.

In addition to the specific vacancies each year, Reserve Bands accept applications from the full list of instrumentation at any time (see Instrument Categories).


 

Further Information

For more information please contact:

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

or

 

Register for a RAN Band Audition Pack

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