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Royal Marines Musician
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Royal Marines Musician

Become part of one of the world’s most renowned military bands, combining military duties with a professional music career.

Fast trackRoyal Marines Band ServiceMusicApprenticeships
  • £15,900 - £87,700
  • No qualifications
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Marines Band Service
  • Rating level

At a glance

You’ll be a part of the world’s most versatile military music organisation, but not every event is a parade. We have talented musicians who can perform in every musical combination from a small jazz group to a full orchestra.
A Royal Marine Musician performing their duty.
Since I started my training at the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM) I've been lucky enough to receive tuition from some of the most respected professors in the world.


Royal Marines Musician

Role details

What you’ll do

As a musician in the world-famous Royal Marines Band Service you’ll be part of the world’s most versatile military music organisation. 

Employed all over the world you’ll find yourself performing at National and International events, major sporting fixtures and in prestigious concert venues, as well as undertaking operational roles alongside the rest of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. 

No two days are ever the same, but why would you want them to be? 

You will be the public face of the Royal Navy, so do what you love and join us on the world stage!

Your role

  • Spend time at the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM), learning your craft and mastering the full range of musical styles that make up our repertoire.
  • Share the stage with the team of like-minded, talented musicians across a wide variety of styles; from string quartets and jazz ensembles to marching bands and full symphonic wind bands.
  • Make a vital contribution to our nation’s defence diplomacy strategy performing at military, ceremonial and social events on the world’s biggest stages.
  • Play an important role in the Royal Marines Band Service’s vital medical and logistical function, supporting the Royal Navy and 3 Commando Brigade all over the world.

Pay & benefits

  • Salary of more than £15,900 as soon as you start Initial Military Training
  • Earn over £20,000 on completion of military training, potentially rising to over £87,700 as your career progresses
  • Professional training at the world-class RMSoM
  • 7 weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Adventurous training

Skills for life

Skills you'll develop

  • The ability to perform in a team or as an individual, in a variety of musical combinations
  • Perform a wide range of musical styles; from Pop to Classical
  • An eye for detail in both your musical performance and personal uniform and kit
  • A flexible and adaptable mindset
  • Pride in yourself and the service

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Opportunity to gain civilian qualification such as ABRSM grades/Diplomas
  • DAO Level 3 Diploma in Military Music
  • Professional examinations at key career landmarks often accredited or recognised by civilian industry
  • The opportunity to study Bachelor of Music degree (fully-funded)




  • Aged 16 to 32 when you start Basic Training
  • No qualifications are required for this role
  • You ideally need to be able to read music, and sing or play a brass, wind, string, piano or percussion instrument to a good standard (ABRSM Grade 5 as a minimum, Grade 7 for pianists)
  • You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
  • Minimum height of 145cm
  • A BMI between 18 and 28 (17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Be a competent swimmer

Skills & Interests

  • Playing a musical instrument 
  • Performing in public
  • Working as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure 

Joining Process

From picking your role to starting on your first day, these are the steps you'll take to join as a rating.

Career Progression

From responsibilities to pay, find out where this role can take you.

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