Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to go to basic training in order to join the band? Every musician first goes to at least 10 weeks of basic training and 10 weeks at the Army School of Music.

Do I have to provide my own instrument? No, the Army purchases professional quality instruments for each player?

Will the band deploy? The 234th Army Band has not deployed into a combat zone since WWII, but there have bands deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. They are primarily Active Duty bands that are there to provide music for our troops.

Do I have to audition? Yes, an audition must be passed before you are qualified to enlist in any Army Band. Auditions vary by instrument.

What rank and pay do I start out at? In the band you enter as a specialist (SPC/E-4).

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