The Navy Music Program
The Navy Music Program includes 11 active duty fleet bands and two preferentially-staffed bands, all featuring professional musicians from around our nation. Each band operates within its own geographic area of responsibility, representing the U.S. Navy around the world as Navy Musicians (MU).
We are a very small program and only hire about 50 people per year to maintain manning. Therefore, the musical quality is very high, and the majority of our successful applicants have a college degree in music. Although this is not a requirement, it highlights the musical level required for acceptance.
Auditions are scheduled as we are contacted by applicants, and conducted live at an applicant's nearest Navy band.
Note: Auditions for positions in our two preferentially-staffed bands are held only as vacancies occur. Check their respective websites for more information about their current vacancies: U.S. Navy Band, Naval Academy Band.
Click your instrument below to see specific audition requirements:
Applicants will need to breifly see their local Navy recruiter for an initial screening interview to ensure basic eligibility requirements are met (age, weight, medical, legal). Applicants are NOT required to complete the full physical before
After Recruit Training, applicants approved for enlistment in the fleet bands as MU attend the Naval School of Music, located in Virginia Beach, VA. The 21-week basic course of instruction includes classes in theory, ear training, private instrumental instruction, and ensemble rehearsals. Students have the opportunity to test out of the course and graduate early. After graduation, MUs are assigned to a Navy fleet band.
**For more information, contact the Navy Music Program Audition Coordinator at 901-874-4316.
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