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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.

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  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $26,567 - $194,005


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. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Music theory
  • Group instrumental techniques
  • Individual instrumental fundamentals
  • Sight-reading musical scores

Helpful Attributes

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