The Primary role of the New Zealand Army Band is to perform at Military and State occasions and fulfil its role as the New Zealand Army's foremost Public Relations (PR) unit.

Through its superb musicianship the band encapsulates the high professional standards of the Army in every aspect of its performances. Internationally, the New Zealand Army Band has gained recognition as one of the finest marching bands in the world.

To be a successful applicant, you will need to undertake an audition and display professional level musical expertise.

The band is basically an all-brass band supplemented with a rhythm section, which adds to its versatility. Presently the bands are:


Performing Big Band charts ranging from Glen Miller to modern swing numbers.


Performing diverse styles of music scored for brass bands.


Playing for military occasions and performing marching displays for various events.


This group performs a wide range of music, from classic rock to the latest hits.


Quintet performing a wide variety of styles.

International performances will bring opportunities to travel to other countries. In the past the Band has travelled to Scotland, Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia, Greece and the United States of America.

You will be required to be at a professional musical standard prior to recruitment. However once you arrive your musical talent will be nurtured and developed to the highest levels.

You will also learn a wide range of additional related skills including musical theory, sound engineering, communication and information technology, music arranging and composition, marketing, teaching and conducting. This provides variety and challenge throughout your career.

As your career progresses you will attend courses that assist with advancement and promotion. These army courses are held at various Army camps around the country.

Careers in the Army 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.

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Meet the citizenship & security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade.
  • Driver's Licence: A Class 1 driver's licence is recommended, but is not compulsory.
  • You should have previous musical experience. You will need to pass an interview and an audition.

You must have achieved the NCEA level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements. Proficiency with instruments is the main criteria. A tertiary qualification is desirable.

Find out more about the NCEA levels and certificate requirements

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

Successful applicants enlist directly into the New Zealand Army Band without undertaking the standard Basic Military Training Course however recruits are required to pass military training modules as part of their career.

Training within the New Zealand Army Band commences with an Induction Course upon your arrival to the unit, run by the School of Music in Burnham Camp (near Christchurch). This will assist you in gaining the required information about the New Zealand Army and New Zealand Army Band to successfully complete daily tasks.

On completion of the induction course, the New Zealand Army Band School of Music will assist you in gaining qualifications in theory and practical examinations with the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music London and Trinity College of London.

Personnel have the opportunity to advance through these theory and practical examinations up to, and including, Diploma level. These qualifications will enhance your career progression and provide musical qualifications recognised worldwide.

This training is undertaken during the normal daily routine of the New Zealand Army Band.

The Army Band is based in Burnham Military Camp.

Currently you can enlist directly into the New Zealand Army Band without undertaking the basic military training course in Waiouru (unlike all other recruits into the Army). However, soon after you join the band you will have to undertake basic training competencies. The band spends a lot of time performing around the country and at times overseas.