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Royal Marines Bugler

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Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1694 days ago

The role at a glance

Potential earnings as your career progresses


weeks' paid leave every year


Medical and dental care


Earn more than this amount during training


All around the world


qualifications needed

What you’ll do

As a Bugler in the Royal Marines Band Service, you’ll be front and centre at some of our most important ceremonial occasions, and lead your band when on parade. As a key part of the Corps of Drums, you’ll learn to play the Bugle, Herald Fanfare Trumpet, and Military Side Drum. In your distinctive white helmets, you’ll be representing the Royal Marines at all times, wherever you are in the world. It’s an honour that goes beyond music, as you perform vital military duties in support of 3 Commando Brigade.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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Your role
Spend time at the Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM), learning to play the Bb Bugle and Military Side Drum.
Perform as an individual, in small groups, as a Corps of Drums or marching in front of a Royal Marines Band whenever on parade.
Make a vital contribution to our nation’s defence diplomacy strategy, performing at military, ceremonial and corporate events on the world’s biggest stages.
Play an important role in the Royal Marines Band Service’s vital medical and logistical function, supporting the Royal Navy Medical Services and 3 Commando Brigade all over the world.

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
Opportunity to gain civilian qualification such as Guildhall/ABRSM grades/Diplomas
DAO Level 3 Diploma in Military Music
Professional examinations at key career landmarks often accredited or recognised by civilian industry
Skills you'll develop
The ability to perform in a team or as an individual, in a variety of musical venues
An eye for detail in both your musical performance and personal uniform and kit
A flexible and adaptable mindset
Pride in yourself and the service
Pay and benefits
Salary of more than £15,900 as soon as you start Initial Military Training
Earn over £20,000 on completion of military training, potentially rising to over £52,836 as your career progresses
Professional training at the world-class Royal Marines School of Music (RMSoM)
7 weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care
Subsidised travel and accommodation
Excellent pension scheme
Adventurous training

Career progression

Start basic training


Continue to study for Bugler Class 3 qualification


Pass Bugler Class 2 to become Lance Corporal and Corporal’s Leadership and Development Course (CLDC) to become Corporal Bugler


Pass Bugler Class 1 and Sergeant’s Leadership and Development Course (SLDC) to become Sergeant Bugler with progression to Colour Sergeant Bugler


Sergeant Buglers and above can be appointed as Drum Majors


Bugle Majors are responsible for training and administering Buglers and disciplinary matters

What you'll need
Aged 16 to 32 when you start Basic Training
No qualifications are required for this role
You ideally need to be able to read music, and be either a competent drummer or bugle/brass player
Your ability and potential will be assessed during your audition
You must be a United Kingdom national, or Commonwealth citizen, or Dual National. Dual Nationality restrictions do apply
Minimum height of 145cm
A BMI between 18 and 28 (17 and 27 if under 18)
Be a competent swimmer
Skills and interests
Playing a musical instrument
Performing in public
Working as part of a team
A real sense of adventure

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

Submit an application

Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

Medical and eye tests

These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

Audition and Test

The audition process includes being evaluated by world-class civilian Professors, interviewed by the Director of Music Training and assessed for your level of physical fitness as well as musical potential. Post-audition you may be given the opportunity to learn a new instrument.



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