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Instrumentalists

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

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Work Environment

Instrumentalists play indoors in theaters, concert halls, and at dances, and outdoors at parades and open-air concerts. They also travel regularly.

  • Military Status

    Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $68,733

Overview

Instrumentalists play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, and as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group. For instrumentalists, knowledge of musical conducting, rehearsal techniques, transpositions, and the ability to read printed music are mandatory.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Although musicians must be musically proficient to enter the service, music training is given to new band members. Instrumentalists in the Military will gain skills through regular rehearsals, individual practice, and on-the-job experience.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to play more than one instrument
  • Dedication, patience, and persistence
  • Poise when performing in public

Related Civilian Careers

  • Musicians, Instrumental, Music Directors