Small Ensemble Leader

GySgt to SSgt - NMOS (5524)


Small Ensemble Leaders lead, train and manage the Marine Corps Band's small ensembles. As leader/performers of one or more small ensembles, they select and rehearse the music of the ensemble to which assigned and manages the operations and training of the remaining small ensembles. They coordinate all logistic functions such as messing, billeting and transportation for Marine Corps Band small ensemble operations. Small ensemble leaders must be knowledgeable in the equipment capabilities and system integration of sound reinforcement components. They establish and maintain an effective audio reinforcement system for band operations. 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 5522 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.