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.

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 will be conducting auditions for the following Full-Time positions:

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

For more information regarding the audition requirements and what it means to be a musician in the Navy, please contact our Audition Coordinator at navyband.audition@defence.gov.au.

Applications close 5 February 2021, and video audition submissions are to be received by 5 March 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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

You will perform as a member of the RAN Band at concerts, military parades, public events and ceremonies around Australia and internationally. Our Musicians undertake a variety of exciting and challenging roles including regular regional engagement, maritime operations and international representation.

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

Applications upon request.

 

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.