I have a few questions about military bands, chiefly in the US, but I’d be interested to hear about other countries as well.
Do band members use their own instruments or the does the military supply them?
Before you enlist as a musician, do you have to audition? Say you’re not very good; will the military accept you anyway and give you lessons to bring you up to standard?
I’ve heard that in times of war, the band members have the additional duty of handling the corpses of fallen soldiers. Is this true, and if it is, what sort of training do the band members get to teach them how to handle human remains?