Army Medical Services (AMS) Band
Like any Army Reserve Band we have a varied membership and ours is drawn from the wide catchment area of South East England. Current members' professions include Police Officers, teachers, company directors, and civil servants to name but a few.
Tradition is important to the Army. Parades, ceremonial occasions and military marches create continuity with the past as well as building a unit's sense of identity and place in the community. The Band of the Army Medical Services has a long history and a reputation of the highest level.
Like all units of the AMS you'll have to complete basic military training, as well as annual military tests including weapon handling and first aid. But of course as a member of a military band, music rehearsal and performance will be your main occupation.
With us you will perform at concerts and ceremonial events as well as smaller engagements. If you have relevant experience or musical skills, whether civilian or military, please get in touch - and come along and see what being part of an Army Reserve Band is all about.
To be considered you must be able to play a wind or percussion instrument to Associated Board or Trinity College Grade Six level. However formal musical qualifications are not a pre-requisite, just the ability to perform at that standard during an informal audition. You also need to meet the standard Army Reserve age and nationality requirements.
Most of your time will be spent improving your musical skills rehearsing in the concert band and ensembles. We undertake many engagements ranging from regimental dinner nights, marching displays, concerts and ensemble work. All members of the band have the opportunity to travel throughout the UK and occasionally abroad through adventure training such as skiing
Joining an Army Reserve Band gives you the chance to play music professionally, meet new friends, improve your musical skills and gain civilian and military qualifications. The minimum yearly commitment is just 19 days, which includes weekend training, up to a week's annual camp and training on Thursday evenings. The Army Reserve acknowledges the personal and professional obligations of civilian life, giving flexibility to individuals to enable you to commit according to your needs.
The Army Medical Services Band offers you a great way to develop your skills and increase your social circles - without giving up your civilian job. So if you are up to the challenge we would like to hear from you. We will let you know what being in the Army Reserve is all about without obligation.
We would particularly like to hear from French Horn, Tuba, Clarinet Oboe, Euphonium, Flute players and Percussionists, but welcome enquiries from anyone interested in a part time musical career.
To learn more, please contact the Band Office on 01276 412720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The AMS Brass Quintet consists of two trumpets, a French horn, trombone and tuba. It is one of the more versatile ensembles offered by the band.
This experienced group of musicians is formed from the brass section and performs a diverse repertoire of the highest standard for dinner nights.
With repertoires ranging from medieval to modern they are more suited to occasions that require vibrant and buoyant accompaniment.
Available for any event such as garden parties, receptions and memorial services, requiring a touch of class, regal effect or just as background music but taking up less space.
The AMS Woodwind Quintet consists of a flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn and bassoon. It offers a viable alternative to the traditional string quartet and brass quintet. The subtle characteristics of the ensemble provide music of a more delicate nature ideal for the background of a dinner or cocktail party.
For this reason the Quintet is often employed to provide musical support to regimental mess dinner nights. Their repertoire is extensive - "from Bacharach to The Beatles and Bach again".
16-piece Big Band
With five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones and a rhythm section (piano, bass, guitar and drums) the 16-piece Big Band is a most impressive spectacle. Performing all the jazz and swing classics and providing the best in dance music for your particular event.
The Band has a large library of Big Band arrangements from cool melodic jazz to hits of the '70s and '80s, the playlist can be tailored to the needs of any event.
This ever-popular Saxophone Quartet blends a diverse range of music into your evening from jazz to arrangements of classical music specially put together for this ensemble. It is comprised of four different sizes - soprano, alto, tenor and baritone - which allow it to perform a diverse range of styles.
Equally at home providing support to regimental mess dinners or cocktail parties, the group gives a lift to any occasion.
For all enquiries on any ensemble, please contact the Band Office on 01276 412720 or email email@example.com