Take centre stage, on the world stage

What is the Royal Marines Band Service?

  • First and foremost, you’ll be a Royal Marine, which means doing more than just playing music. You’ll have a vital role to play in our most challenging operations, as you provide vital operational and logistical support for 3 Commando Brigade.
  • Regarded as the world’s most versatile military music organisation, the Royal Marines Band Service is the public face of the Naval Service, playing at some of the most important ceremonial events.
  • You’ll be playing a key role in our defence diplomacy strategy, working with our partners and performing for important dignitaries all over the world.

  • The role of the Royal Marines Band Service is a varied one. Not every event is a parade, which is why we have talented musicians who can perform in every musical combination from a small jazz group to a full orchestra.
  • There are two different roles available within the Royal Marines Band Service: Bugler and Musician. As a Royal Marines Bugler you’ll specialise in playing the Bugle, Military Side Drum and Herald Trumpet, and lead your unit out on parade. As a Royal Marines Musician, you’ll use your brass, wind, string, percussion or keyboard skills in a variety of performance environments.
  • First and foremost, you’ll be a Royal Marine, which means doing more than just playing music. You’ll have a vital role to play in our most challenging operations, as you provide vital operational and logistical support for 3 Commando Brigade.

What's it like?

To be in the Royal Marines Band Service, you need to be exceptional musically, in your turnout and demonstrate your professionalism at all times. Equally as exceptional as our Commandos. The standards are extremely high, and the opportunities are immense. Few professional musicians have the chance to play to an audience of thousands, but you’ll do it all in a day’s work. There will even be occasions when you’re front and centre at nationally broadcast events, like the Remembrance Day Parade at the London Cenotaph.

The grounding you’ll get in your subject will also be second to none. Depending on the role you choose, you’ll spend up to three years at the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM), honing your skills under the guidance of worldrenowned tutors. You can also study for a fully funded BMus Honours Degree. Once you join your unit, you’ll be ready to perform at the highest, and most professional, level every day – whether you’re playing music or supporting your Commando colleagues on operation.