Drum Major

GySgt to SSgt - NMOS (5524)


Drum Majors lead, train and manage the ceremonial band on the march. They select and rehearse music for marching band operations and instruct band personnel in drills peculiar to bands. They implement those portions of the Navy Regulations, and Marine Corps Drill and Ceremonies Manual pertaining to parades and ceremonies. They coordinate all logistic functions such as messing, billeting and transportation for marching band operations. Drum Majors must possess an overall knowledge of personnel, general and operational administration procedures in order to establish, direct, and supervise the administrative functions of the band to which assigned. This MOS will be assigned as an NMOS only.


  • Must possess MOS 5524.
  • Must be a graduate of the Music Unit Leader Course, at the School of Music, Norfolk, VA.
  • Requests for NMOS 5521 must be accompanied by a technical evaluation and recommendation of the current Band Officer or Senior Enlisted Marine filling the billet of Band Officer.


  • See prerequisites.


  • For a complete listing of duties and tasks, refer to NAVMC 3500.28A, Music Training and Readiness Manual.

Related SOC Classification/SOC Code:

  • Music Directors and Composers 27-2041.

Related Military Skill:

  • Musician, 5524.