Former Marine Musician at United States Marine Corps
almost 3 years ago
Assuming you haven't done any of the following yet, you'd need to prepare any audition materials you have (sonata, exerpts, etc.) as well as your 12 major scales and the 36 minor scales (natural, harmonic, and melodic) You then need to speak with a Marine Corps Recruiter about joining the Marine Corps. The band is one job of hundreds that a Marine could do. Once you've spoken with a recruiter, you'd need to take an audition for the band field itself (the first round of auditions is usually done over phone). Subsequent auditions are normally done in person. After you complete the auditions, if you're proficient enough at your instrument (or voice), you'll go to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) to sign a contract for Active Duty. Once you sign that contract, you train physically to ensure you'll meet the minimum physical requirements to join the Marine Corps. When your boot camp ship date comes, you get dropped off at the MEPS station you signed your contract at and you get transported to a means of mass transit (plane, bus, etc.) to go to boot camp. You go through boot camp and then proceed to Marine Combat Training and upon graduation from that, you go to Virginia Beach, VA to go through the Naval School of Music.