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Phase 1 & 2 Training

Before you can become a musician in a Regular Army Band you must complete Phase 1 and Phase 2 training.

Phase 1

Initial Training (Phase 1) is conducted at the Army Training Regiment, Pirbright and lasts for 14 weeks.

The training is designed to give entrants the basic military skills to undertake duties required of a soldier and to fully prepare them for further stages of training. 

  • Skill at Arms (weapon handling and marksmanship principles)
  • Fieldcraft (putting into practice what you have learnt)
  • First Aid
  • CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear defence training)
  • Physical training
  • Adventure training
  • Education
  • Sport

Phase 2

Phase 2 training for all Corps of Army Music personnel, is held at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.

The training can last from 3 to 12 months, dependant on individual ability.

The aim of the training is to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enable trainees to take their place in a Band.

Acknowledging prior learning and experiences, the training is designed to allow the trainees to develop as quickly as possible.


  • Instrumental performance and technique
  • Marching band
  • General musicianship
  • Music theory
  • Aural perception
  • Orchestration

Trainees continue to receive both physical and military instruction throughout their course.

There are opportunities for all trainees to perform both as a soloist and as a sectional player.

Instrumental and academic instruction is delivered by a highly dedicated and experienced team of professors, many of whom are key performers from top professional orchestras and ensembles from around the UK.