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Musicians joining defence force bands take an initial program of military training followed by an employment training course at the Defence Force School of Music to learn specific skills required of military musicians - marching band performance, marching band signals, repertoire of ceremonial music, and general theory and musicianship skills. Further training continues with deployment to a regular band and leads to promotion through various ranks.
The Defence Force School of Music was established in 1984. It provides courses of training to musicians for the musical and ceremonial requirements of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army Band Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force to qualify them for employment and leadership in Defence Force bands. It also offers training to musicians from overseas Defence Forces, Australian emergency services and police organisations. Following recruit training, qualified entry applicants attend an initial employment training course at the music school. The Defence Force bands are primarily concert bands, but they also fulfil the role of military band, vocal ensemble, fanfare team, woodwind and brass quintet, big band, rock band, folk group and jazz combo when required. The Defence Forces also train the bands of pipes and drums. Pre-requisite for entry to the DFSM is completion of Grade 7 performance of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).