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The Defence Forces are looking for drummers (and trumpet players, and woodwind...)

Think you’ve got the right stuff? (In this case, a playing standard of at least Grade 7)

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Updated at 11am

THE LATEST DEFENCE forces recruitment campaign is aimed solely at musicians.

According to a job notice placed online, instrumentalists are currently being sought for the three Defence Forces military bands.

They’re looking for musicians with a minimum playing standard of Grade 7 “and who are interested in the challenging and varied musical life that a career in the Defence Forces School of Music offers”.

The job ad explains:

“Military instrumentalists are full-time musicians whose primary role is to service the musical requirements of state and military ceremonial.

“Defence Forces military bands also perform an immensely varied repertoire of concert and ceremonial music at concerts and community events throughout Ireland and abroad.”

Candidates will be asked to play two contrasting pieces at an audition – where they will also have to present their musical qualifications.

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Successful candidates will enter as ‘recruits’ on a pay scale beginning at €351.61 per week (the top rank in that scale, Company Quarter Master, gets €820.00 per week).

The closing date for applications is tomorrow, Wednesday 22 April.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces confirmed that “woodwind, brass and percussion players” are being sought “with the particular focus during this campaign on brass instruments (trumpet, cornet, French horn, euphonium, trombone and tuba)”.

Separately, the Defence Forces recruitment competition for cadets is also continuing – and they’re also looking for medical doctors.

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