Conducting Opportunities

Army Band Officers are Active Duty Soldiers that rotate through a variety of positions throughout their careers.

Officers may serve at the following locations:

In addition, Army Music Officers may serve in administrative positions such as the U.S. Army Forces Command Staff Band Office (Fort Bragg, NC) or the Department of the Army Staff Bands Office (Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.). Also, they may deploy as a commander or executive officer of a band.

Requirements include:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Bachelor’s degree in music or higher
  • Superior skills as a conductor
  • Between 19 and 32 years old (you must enter active duty or ship to training by your 33rd birthday and accept commission prior to age 34)
  • Eligible for a secret security clearance
  • Physically fit
  • Ability to pass military entrance requirements

Helpful attributes include:

  • Professional conducting or teaching experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Demonstrated strong musical and military leadership
  • Management skills
  • Wind, orchestral, and choral conducting experience

Beyond programming, preparing, and performing music, officers fulfill many administrative and logistical roles. Whether marching in support of a military parade, performing for troops overseas, or performing in concert halls, Army Music offers an exciting and fulfilling opportunity to work with outstanding musicians in service to our country.

Officers in the Army exhibit self-discipline, initiative, confidence, and intelligence. They are physically fit and can perform under physical and mental pressure. They lead from the front and adjust to environments that are always changing. Officers are judged by their ability to make decisions on their own and bear ultimate moral and legal responsibility for those decisions. While this level of responsibility may not be for everyone, the rewards of the job make it worthwhile.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary is that of an O-1/Second Lieutenant ($42,525 per year, plus housing allowance). Additional military benefits include medical and dental care for you and your family; tax-free housing allowance based on location; and 30 days paid vacation each year. Military pay charts can be found below.

Military Pay Chart


All applicants must meet requirements to become a commissioned officer in the United States Army. Candidates without prior military service will attend Basic Combat Training (BCT), Officer Candidate School (OCS), and the Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC). Candidates with prior Army service will attend OCS and BOLC only. After completing OCS requirements, candidates are commissioned and earn the gold bars of a Second Lieutenant.


To attend OCS, you must be:

  • At least 19 and but no more than 32 years old (you must enter active duty or ship to training by your 33rd birthday and accept commission prior to age 34). Age waivers may be considered by the Army on a case by case basis. Prior-service applicants may have no more than 10 years of accumulated active federal service.
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A college graduate
  • Eligible for a secret security clearance
  • Physically fit (able to pass an Army Physical Fitness Test)

For more information on OCS requirements, go to:

Accepting applications January 1, 2021 through February 15, 2021.

Application packet must include:

  • Video of yourself conducting (preferably both performance and rehearsal). Please include at least three contrasting works or excerpts that best demonstrates your conducting and rehearsal technique.
  • Résumé
  • Full-length photo
  • Three letters of recommendation

Alternatively, applicants may send their application electronically. Résumé and photo may be sent via email; videos may be posted on a website such as YouTube or Vimeo.

For any questions about eligibility requirements or the Army application process, please contact:

Lieutenant Colonel Leonel Pena
Army School of Music
ATTN: Officer Auditions
1420 Gator Boulevard JEBLCFS
Virginia Beach, VA 23459


Master Sergeant Christopher Martin
Senior Army Band Recruiting Liaison
Ph: 502 626 0456


Auditions will be by INVITATION ONLY. Civilian candidates invited to the audition will also be asked to contact a local recruiter to ensure eligibility to enlist and begin the OCS application process.

The live audition is a two-day process. On day one, candidates will perform an audition on their main instrument or voice; candidates should choose two contrasting works or movements that best represent their performance skills. The purpose of the applied audition is to better get a sense of the candidate’s overall musicianship. Candidates will also take a series of theory and aural skills tests. These tests will include: harmonic analysis, arranging for a chamber ensemble, interval and chord recognition, error detection, sight singing, and defining musical terms.

During the second day, candidates will conduct concert band works from a provided list as well as a selection provided to the candidates the day prior. Additionally, they will conduct three selected works with The U.S. Army Chorus (men’s chorus). Finally, candidates will conduct an interview with a panel of senior officers and noncommissioned officers.

Acceptance of a position requires a minimum three-year active duty service commitment in the United States Army. Anyone offered a position will be expected to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet other standards required to pass Basic Combat Training and Officer Candidate School.

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