Musician Kearsey is from Grindleford, Hope Valley and studied for a BA (Hons) in Music with Drama at Huddersfield University before joining the Corps of Army Music in 2013.
Her primary job is performing in the Band of The Queen's Division on the French horn.
Interview with Musician Kearsey about being in the Corps of Army Music.
- How long have you been with the band? After leaving The Royal Military School of Music I arrived at the band on 1st September 2014.
- How did you hear about your specialists’ job with the Army? A number of students from my university (Huddersfield) have joined the Army as musicians, hearing about their experiences persuaded me to make contact with the Corps of Army Music and I visited the Band of The Household Cavalry on a ‘Look at Life’ Day.
- Why did you decide to join the Army? I love music and the Corps of Army Music provided a chance to have a performance based career. I also love sport and the Army provide regular opportunities to play a wide variety of sports.
- How did you choose this band? My current band did not necessarily feature on my initial list of preferences, however it was in greater need of my specialist skills than other units that I had links with.
- Do you have any friends or family in the Regular or Army Reserves? No, however I do have a sister in the Navy.
- Did you require specialist skills to join this band? Entry to the Corps of Army Music is in part through audition on your instrument and whilst there is a performance level to be achieved, the audition process also focuses on an applicant’s potential to complete the training process.
- What type of role do you perform within your band? I am a musician within the Corps of Army Music and in my current unit I play in the large ensemble and smaller chamber ensembles, all of which support the Army.
- How do your friends and family feel about you being in the Army? They are proud of me. My career choice was initially a surprise to them but they have been very supportive, which I especially needed during training and during the initial stages of my career.
- What have you done so far with the band? I have recently performed at a homecoming parade alongside the Band of The Mercian Regiment at Chester and at an Army unit function in Colchester with the band brass quintet.
- Have you gained any other skills from being in the Army? Teamwork, increased level of fitness, map-reading, first aid and equality and diversity training.
- How do you think you benefit professionally from being in the Army? In the Corps of Army Music I am provided with the support to develop my musical skills whilst performing regularly as a multi-instrumentalist in a wide variety of environments. In a wider sense, the Army teaches you to work cohesively as part of a team and to be organised.
- How do you think your career as a specialist in the Army compares if you were doing the same career as a specialist for a civilian employer? It is better paid than many civilian jobs in musical performance and provides a regular salary which is guaranteed every month. Many civilian musicians find themselves having to supplement their income with second jobs; we do not need to do that. It is also incredibly varied. You could find yourself doing anything from marching band, rock band, full concert band to folk music.
- How do you think you benefit personally from being in the Army? I spent many years in education developing my musical skills and being in the Corps of Army Music gives me the opportunity to use them. It is also fantastic being able to do sports and to get paid for it at the same time. I have been swimming for a long time, doing it as a hobby and also competitively, so I will look for the opportunity to get involved with that in the Army.
- What’s the hardest part about your role? The Army has required me to be fairly mobile so far, in terms of being based for periods of time in different areas of the country. Now I have finished training however, whilst I do expect some mobility, I expect on the whole for the moving around to settle down somewhat
- What advice would you give others who are thinking about joining the Army? Go for it but be prepared for the discipline.