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Joining the Navy Band

Entry Process

Entry into the Band is subject to passing an audition by the Navy Band’s Director of Music and panel. This is the first step in the recruiting process. To be successful you must be a competent performer on at least one military band instrument. Instrumental specialists and multi-instrumental players are the type of musicians we seek to employ in the Navy Band.

The range of performance activities the band undertakes, as well as its relatively small size, means these skills are needed to be able to perform a diverse nature of military engagements. Many band members hold a musical tertiary qualification, although this is not essential.

Download the RNZN Band’s recruiting brochure [PDF]

General Entry into the Royal New Zealand Navy

After successfully passing an audition, the next step in the process is to go through the NZDF careers process to enlist in the Royal New Zealand Navy.  General entry criteria for the Navy also apply to Navy Band applicants. All recruits must:

• Be a successful RNZN Band audition applicant
• be at least 17 years of age on day of entry
• have a thorough medical assessment
• pass a fitness test
• hold a security clearance
• be a NZ citizen (or be eligible for)
• have a Police Records Check

To learn more about the recruiting process and the requirements, view information on the Defence Careers website.

Your work and experience as a RNZN Musician is rewarded by promotions in rank and salary. On enlistment into the navy you will be paid as an Able Rating and your salary will continue to increase as your career progresses. There are also opportunities for further development through dedicated Navy training and part time study using the Navy’s education study assistance programme.

To arrange an audition or if you require more information about the Navy Band, please contact the Band on (09) 445 5832 or email

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