RAF Musician - Spare Time Reserve

As an RAF Musician you will enjoy performing at the UK’s top venues and major State Ceremonial occasions as well as having many opportunities for international travel.


The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.


As a musician in the Royal Air Force, you’ll be joining an organisation with musicians who have a worldwide reputation as being second to none. You will often be called upon to perform for royalty and politicians at State occasions while also providing music support for the RAF, Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Such events include Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to concert performances in some of the most prestigious concert halls throughout the world. All RAF Bands are capable of performing many genres of music and our musicians are expected to perform Symphonic Wind Band repertoire, Big Band, Jazz, and Chamber music as well as performing on parade.


Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15-day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.


Musicians who complete the rank related Performance Exams, have the opportunity to gain the following diplomas in music performance: Dip ABRSM, LLCM and LTCL.


Depends on role, rank and experience.


  • Be aged 18-54 Applicants must apply no later than age 54 and 9 months in order to attest before 55th birthday. Ex-Regulars and specialist entrants may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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.
  • Perform to a minimum Grade 8 standard as defined by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or equivalent.
  • Have GCSE at Grade G/1-3 or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English language.
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria.
  • Commit to 27 days per year.


RAuxAF Band, RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire.

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 Part Time Job
 Published on 2023-08-25
 Deadline NA