The United States Army has a large number of different Band and vocal groups that represent the Army. They are enlisted musicians and performers that provide entertainment and also serve to represent the Army at various marches, parades, concerts and other events. You can observe that there is quite a difference sometimes in the types of music they play, or even what their unit resembles. Special Band members play for dances, concerts, festivals, special events, and many other both traditional and non-traditional ceremonies.
The Army Special Band member is a direct support job, playing for the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Army Band, the 3rd Infantry Fife and Drum Corps, to name a few. There are a lot of different groups of Army Special Band members. Unfortunately this is not an entry-level position normally. You should already know how to play at least one instrument, and be considered proficient at it before considering the Army Special Band member MOS. Music provides a lot of tradition and history to show who and what the United States Army is, and where it came from. They play all different types of music, and represent the best that the Army has to offer, and showcase many of its traditions and its pride in service. Job training is a bit different for Army Special Band members. Because it?s not an entry-level position, directly following basic training you will be assigned to your new command. Army Special Band members play in a variety of group sizes, from ceremonial bands to small ensembles, even jazz bands. You will be expected to work with your director and respond to areas that you need improvement. There you will practice and work on training with your instrument on a constant basis to achieve and maintain a high proficiency. You should be able to sight read different styles of music. You should have normal hearing and correctable vision to 20-20. To be considered you will have to perform and pass at least one, likely several different auditions.
You will deal with performances on a yearly schedule that may have as many as 200 performances. You will work to perform in dances, festivals, concerts, street parades and other types of performances. Part of your responsibilities will be cleaning and maintenance of different instruments.