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Salary: £17,000 - £25,525 yearly
Location: Broughton
Company: RAF
Hours: Full time
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  • Be aged 17.5 -47 (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Perform to a minimum Grade 8 standard as defined by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or equivalent; current instrumental vacancies include Violin, Viola, Oboe, Clarinet, Cornet, Tuba and Percussion
  • Have GCSE at Grade G/1-3 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English language
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass a Fitness test
  • Perform at concert halls, graduation ceremonies and military parades
  • Play dance music, chamber repertoire, military marches, symphonic concerts and jazz
  • Provide musical support for events like dinners, dances and visits by Heads of State


Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF ethos and core values


Following on from Basic Recruit Training you will be posted to one of the Regular Bands, Central Band, and Regiment Band located at RAF Northolt and the Band of the RAF College at RAF Cranwell. We also have a Salon Orchestra that is based at RAF Northolt. Once at your Band, you will begin ‘On the Job Training’ (OJT). This training will last a maximum of twelve weeks with musicians completing studies on their primary instrument, harmony, orchestration, aural perception, and band drill. Your posting will depend on where there is a vacancy for your instrument with the initial length of your first tour being a minimum of 18 months, this may vary due to operational requirements.

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