42nd Army Band, NYARNG
Frequently Asked Questions About the 42nd Infantry Division Band
Who can join the 42nd ID Band?
Any musician, who is otherwise qualified to enlist in the Army National Guard, and can pass a pre-arranged audition.
How well do I have to play?
The main interest is in your sight-reading ability and demonstrated musicianship, i.e. tone, technique, rhythm, and intonation. Perfection is not expected, but honest effort is. If you pass the audition, the 42nd ID Band will assist you in learning and growing as a musician.
Where may I audition?
The 42nd ID Band auditions are generally held at the Unit location on the weekend of the month the Band is scheduled to meet. We are located at Building 84, Camp Smith, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
What Rank (Pay Grade) will I be?
Those who pass the audition may enlist at the advanced Rank of SPC (Specialist)-Pay Grade of E-4.
Why are National Guard Musicians enlisted at these advanced grades?
To become a National Guard Musician, you must be able to play an instrument proficiently. The National Guard considers this a Civilian Acquired Skill. This means that prior to enlistment, you had many years of training and practice to learn this skill. Your civilian musical training enables you to enlist at these advanced grades. This is what we refer to as the CASP (Civilian Acquired Skill Program).
Do I Have to Attend Basic Training?
Yes, all National Guard Band Musicians are required to attend Basic Training. Most College and High School students complete this training during the summer months so that they can be back in time for the Fall Semester of School. Non-students can discuss the departure of Basic Training with an assigned Band Recruiter.
Do I have to attend the School of Music (Advanced Individual Training)?
Yes, the course is at U.S. Army Element School of Music in Norfolk, VA. Presently the course is 4 weeks long. Students tend to complete this training also during a summer Semester break sometime during the school year so as not to miss the Fall Semester. Non-students can discuss the enrollment into the School with an assigned Band Recruiter.
Is there an obligation to enlist if I take the ASVAB(Entrance Exam) or Audition?
There are no contractual obligations to enlist once you take the ASVAB(Entrance Exam) or Audition.
Both scores are good for 1 year.
Many other questions and concerns can be discussed with an assigned Band Recruiter and with the Unit Commander when you audition.