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MOS- 42R-Percussion Player
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42R Percussion Player N/A

Enlisted/ Officer/ Active Duty /Army Reserve


The Army recently merged all the separate band MOS's (with the exception of Special Band Member) into a single MOS (42R), regardless of instrument played.

For over 225 years band members have been an important part of the U.S. Army. Members of the U.S. Army bands perform at Army ceremonies, parades, concerts, festivals, dances and many other events. They also perform ensembles ranging from ceremonial band to jazz band to small ensembles, and are required to play all styles of music. Note: Band is a special enlistment program. Applicants must pass a very rigorous audition process to enlist in the Army Band specialty.



  • Perform all applicable styles of music

  • Play in or leading bands, jazz groups or small ensembles

  • Transpose moderately easy music

  • Rehearse and learn new music when not performing

  • Perform auxiliary percussion in ceremonial band

  • Perform and rehearse as a professional musician within different ensembles of an Army band

  • Perform in Army ceremonies, parades, concerts, festivals, dances, and other events as needed

  • Augment local security during periods of heightened combat


  • Nine weeks of Basic Training

  • Up to 24 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA. Training length can vary depending on your level of instrumental proficiency

Additional training may include:

  • Private instrumental instruction

  • Music theory

  • Sight singing and ear training

  • Group instrumental techniques

  • Percussion techniques

Other Useful Skills:

  • Be am accomplished instrumentalist

  • Understand music theory and harmony

  • Be poised when performing

  • Be able to play more than one instrument

Advanced Skills:

  • Supervise and train other Soldiers

  • Perform duties in administration, training, supply and/or operations as required

Related Civilian Jobs:

Playing in the U.S. Army Band will afford a musician valuable experience and prepare the musician to play professionally in the civilian world. Possible civilian jobs might be playing with professional orchestras or bands in night clubs, concert halls, theaters and recording studios.

Information source: Army Pamphlet 611-21



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