As others have said, military musicians are not solely musicians, although if you can put up with the military side of it - which doesn't generally intrude over-much - then it can be a good training, and a good life for someone with the right attitude and personality.JessopSmythe said:The big thing to remember is that it's not all music. At the end of the day, you'll still be a soldier and, if your chosen regiment goes into battle, the odds are you'll find yourself pretty near the front line carrying bodies since most Army musicians double up as stretcher bearers.
There's no need to get hung up over complicated marching formations. As with many other things, it always seems mouch worse from the outside than when you're actually doing it. Most of the time it's simply a case of following the person in front and knowing whereabouts you're supposed to end up. In my time I was not involved in anything particularly complex, although I know they had more complicated routines to learn for the US tour the year after I left, but there's always plenty of time allowed for anything out of the ordinary like that.dave_cornet said:So you've been with the Grenadiers for 10 yrs (or have you just rejoined). What is it like when you join a band...because I look at some of the marching sequences that the army bands do and think s**t how do they do that. Do you work up to that gradually (starting with the static performances before attempting a proper march. How long does it take to learn the marching? That is the thing I would worry most about.