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All selected newcomers into the South African Navy Band are required to complete a compulsory six months Basic Training Phase (Military Training for Ratings Part 1) at SAS SALDANHA.

 

Careers

The South African Navy Band uses both conventional musical instruments (i.e. woodwinds, brass and percussion) and non-conventional instruments, such as the marimbas and djembe drums. All the Bandís musicians are required to be part of the Parade and Concert Bands. Involvement in one of the smaller ensembles mentioned on this website is encouraged. The Bandís engagements are varied and there are occasions where the Band and/or smaller ensembles are required to work outside the South African Navyís normal working hours, e.g. working in the evenings, at weekends and on public holidays. If you think that a career in the Band is something that you would enjoy, please read on to find out how you can possibly join this wonderful band.

Small Group sectionals

There are two ways that you can be considered for possible employment:

  1. If you are between the ages of 18 and 22, you could apply to the Band and may be considered for the Military Skills Development Programme, a 2 year development programme.
  2. If you are between the ages of 22 and 26 and have a recognised music degree or music diploma, you could apply to join the Band. (Currently, you would still have to complete the initial two year Military Skills Development Programme.)

The Band Room

All selected newcomers into the South African Navy Band are required to complete a compulsory six months Basic Training Phase (Military Training for Ratings Part 1) at SAS SALDANHA. For further information about the training at SAS SALDANHA please follow this link.

Consideration for employment in the South African Navy Band is based on the criteria below.

TABLE1: RECRUITMENT CRITERIA TO JOIN THE SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY BAND

Ser. No.

REQUIREMENT

MILITARY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (18-22 YEARS OLD)

GRADUATE (NOT OLDER THAN 26 YEARS)

1.

South African Citizen

Yes

Yes

2.

Medically Fit

Yes

Yes

3.

Educational Qualifications

Grade 12 (Matric).  (If you are applying for the SA Navy Band in your final year of school, then your latest school report must accompany your application.)

1.  Grade 12.

2.  Music Degree/Diploma (from a recognised University).

4.

Musical Qualifications

1.  At least a PRACTICAL GRADE 8 on either Woodwind, Brass or Percussion from a recognised tertiary institution such as UNISA, Trinity College of Music, London, etc. (NB:  PERCUSSIONISTS ARE REQUIRED TO PLAY BOTH TUNED AND NON-TUNED PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS.)

2.  MINIMUM OF A MUSIC THEORY GRADE 3 FROM A RECOGNISED TERTIARY INSTITUTION

1.  A Performerís Diploma on Woodwind, Brass or Percussion from a recognised tertiary institution.  (NB:  PERCUSSIONISTS ARE REQUIRED TO PLAY BOTH TUNED AND NON-TUNED PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS.)

2.  A Music Degree with a Major on Woodwind, Brass or Percussion.  (NB:  PERCUSSIONISTS ARE REQUIRED TO PLAY BOTH TUNED AND NON-TUNED PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS.)

If you meet the above recruitment criteria and would like to be considered for possible employment in the South African Navy Band, then kindly fax your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Director Naval Music on (021)787-3116.

Marimba group rehearsing

Your CV should also include the following:

bullet Musical experience, such as bands, groups that you have played with;
bullet A certified copy of your Identity Document;
bullet A certified copy of your Grade 12 certificate, or latest academic report if you are currently in your final year of school; and
bullet

Certified copies of your music degree(s), music diplomas, practical and theory grades from a recognised tertiary institution.

Musicians required:

Are you a French Horn player, Clarinetist or percussionist (NB: PERCUSSIONISTS ARE REQUIRED TO PLAY BOTH TUNED AND NON-TUNED PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS) with at least a Practical Grade 8 from a recognised tertiary institution? Then we would like to hear from you.

If you have further enquiries about the Band, please do not hesitate to call our office.

 

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revision date: Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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