MOS 420C—Bandmaster

Band (MOS 420C) Description / Major Duties:

Warrant officer bandmasters (military occupational specialty 420C) are responsible for the unit-level command and control of their bands. Responsibilities include Uniform Code of Military Justice authority, administration, operations, training, and supply. In addition, band commanders will advise higher echelon commanders on local band matters such as organization, operation, committing procedures, planning of training, and facilities.

They serve as the command subject matter expert on all matters pertaining to music, and advise senior commanders on the most effective way to employ the band’s subordinate music support teams in support of operations. Bandmasters appoint Army musicians to leadership and staff positions within the unit, and evaluate the physical and acoustical limitations of performance sites, length of the events supported, resources available, and determine the size and instrumentation of musical groups used in support of authorized commitments. Duties also include to prepare annual budgets for the unit that include, as a minimum, funds to maintain and replace MTOE/CTA/TDA equipment and uniform items required for mission success, procure expendable musical supplies, sheet music, and recordings, and budget TDY travel for Army band officers, warrant officer bandmasters, the band senior sergeant, and other band members to attend the annual Army Band Leaders Training, music clinics, seminars, and other band-related events to ensure professional development of all unit personnel.

Minimum Prerequisites for MOS 420C Bandmaster:

  • SGT (P) or above serving in MOS 42R.
  • A graduate of the Advanced Leaders Course (BNCOC)
  • Five years experience in an Army Band in PMOS 42R
  • Demonstrated potential for successful performance under minimal supervision as a musical ensemble leader, and experience working in Band Administration, Security, Operations, Supply, or other additional duties.
  • An Army School of Music audition score of 3.0 or higher in the past four years.
  • Strong leadership potential and communication skills.

Article Last Modified: February 20, 2011

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