The Navy Band supports the ceremonial, training, public relations, recruiting and entertainment requirements of the Navy and is highly respected both within the Navy and musical circles. As a result, Musicians in the Navy are full time professional band members. You will work from the Naval Base in Auckland and when not performing, the Band prepares by rehearsing for future events both in New Zealand and overseas.

This tight knit group performs around New Zealand at a wide range of events including:

  • Ceremonial support at Royal, Vice Regal and State occasions and parades
  • Public relations and recruiting for the Navy, for example school concerts, career expos and community events
  • Supporting local charities, RSAs and community based organisations
  • Concerts and other high profile performances


The Navy Band is based at HMNZS PHILOMEL in Auckland. The daily routine is similar in total time to that of other Service personnel but usually involve irregular hours for performances during evenings and weekends. Service in the Navy Band also involves considerable travel throughout New Zealand and occasionally overseas. When the Band is not performing or travelling, it is spends its time preparing for future events.

Entry to the Navy Band is by audition and to be successful you need to be a competent performer/soloist on at least one military band instrument. Many Band members hold a musical tertiary qualification from a Polytechnic or University (although this is not essential). You must meet the musical requirements and also the general requirements for entry to the Navy.

Your hard work and experience as a Musician are rewarded by promotions in rank and salary. On joining, you will undertake orientation training with the Band. Following a period of 2- 3 years consolidation, you will start your preparations for promotion by undertaking a Navy Music proficiency qualification (involving music arranging) and a leadership course.

On promotion to Leading Hand, you will again consolidate before working towards your next promotion.

Throughout a Musician’s career, there are also opportunities for further development through dedicated Navy training and part time study using the Navy’s education study assistance programme.

Careers in the Navy are well-rewarded, as well as being diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, you will see your salary rise accordingly.

While undertaking Basic Recruit Course you will be paid as a Recruit (see attached pay table). On completion of your Recruit Course you will be paid as an Ordinary Rate and your pay will continue to increase as your career progresses.

  • Be a minimum of 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain SV security clearance for this trade.
  • Be free of any criminal convictions for the previous two years.
  • Proficiency with instruments is the main criteria.

You must have obtained at least 10 credits at NCEA level 1 in both Literacy and Numeracy.Proficiency with instruments is the main criteria. A tertiary qualification is desirable.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

Entry into the Navy Band is by audition with the Director of Music. Should this audition be successful, the Director of Music, in conjunction with the Navy recruiters, will put forward a candidate for selection into the Navy. Musicians must meet the musical requirements to be in the Band, but also need to meet the general requirements of entry to join the Navy.

  • You must be medically fit for service.
  • Colour perception restrictions may apply.

Upon successful enlistment into the Navy you’ll be posted to Devonport Navy base in Auckland. Here you will do complete your basic training. Find out more about basic training.