Take centre stage, on the world stage

What is the Royal Marines Band Service?

  • By joining the world-famous Royal Marines Band Service you’ll become part of the most versatile military music unit there is.
  • 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!
  • 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 symphonic wind 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, performing stunning world-renowned displays and leading your Band out on parade.
  • As a Royal Marines Musician, you’ll use your professional skills in a variety of performance environments including our annual concert series at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • When called on, instruments are set aside to provide military support on operations. As part of a medical team on board a casualty receiving facility, or supporting 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, the military role is just as vital as the musical one.

What's it like?

Members of the Royal Marines Band Service are highly-trained, skilled individuals who demonstrate their proficiency and professionalism on the world stage. The standards are high, and the opportunities are immense. Few professional musicians have the chance to play to an audience of thousands or Royalty, but you will 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.

We will train you to reach our high, professional standards. You’ll spend some time at the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM), honing your skills under the guidance of world-renowned tutors. Upon completion of your training, you’ll be ready to perform at the highest, and most professional level every day – whether you’re playing music or supporting your Royal Navy & Royal Marines colleagues on operations.

The learning doesn’t need to stop there either as Musicians can also study for a fully funded BMus (Honours) degree.