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BAND OFFICER Details


OVERVIEW
Every year, the Army band program selects one or two highly qualified individuals via competitive auditions to serve as Army band officers. These officers rotate through a variety of positions, including associate conductor, administrator and instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music.

After several years of experience, a band officer may also serve as commander and principal conductor of an Army band.

TRAINING
Job training for a band officer requires completion of the Officer Basic Course, where you'll learn leadership skills used in leading and managing an Army band.


JOB DUTIES

  • Conduct musical ensembles
  • Instruct musicians
  • Perform in all musical styles on your instruments, including (but not limited to) marching band, ceremonial band, concert band, classical, jazz, ethnic and popular music compositions
  • Perform on a musical instrument in a variety of ensembles, ranging from solo performance to full concert band
  • Tune an instrument to a given pitch
  • Transpose moderately easy music


HELPFUL SKILLS
  • Master's degree in music
  • Professional conducting or teaching experience
  • Superior skills as a conductor
  • Management skills


FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
An Army band officer is the equivalent of a civilian conductor, bandleader or musical director.