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Army School of Music
 
 History

Pakistan Army School of Music was established in 1952 at Chirat under the supervision of Captain Donald Keeling, who was Director of Music from UK and the first Chief Instructor of this School. Due to certain administrative and financial problems the School remained in suspended animation with effect from 25 April 1953 till it was re-raised at Lahore under the supervision of Captain Training Baker in 1954. In October 1956, School was shifted to Abbottabad and remained attached with the Frontier Force Regimental Centre. Nine years later, in July 1865, it was attached with Baloch Regimental Centre. The School was reorganized, as a static unit in 1970 and since then the Commandant Baloch Regimental Centre is also Commandant of this School.
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 Location

At a height of 1200 meters above sea level, Abbottabad, the home of Army School of Music offers year round good weather. The minimum temperature experienced during winters is - 4°C while the maximum temperature is 35°C during summers. Abbottabad is at a distance of 120 km from Rawalpindi with all road transport facilities available for this picturesque town.

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 Educational Philosophy

To create an environment to facilitate the aptitude of the students for music and to provide maximum facilities to exploit the potential and latent talent of the students for music.
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 Faculty

The training wing of this institution has been organized into following faculties:

Military Band Wing Faculty

This faculty is headed by a music course qualified officer of the rank of Major along with a competent staff. Annually around 200 students qualify.

Pipe Band Wing Faculty

This faculty is headed by a music course qualified officer of the rank of Major along with a competent staff. Annually around 300 students qualify.

Solo Instruments Faculty

This faculty is headed by a music course qualified officer of the rank of Major along with a competent staff. Annually around 70 students qualify.

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 The Courses

Courses offered at different levels are:-

Military Band Courses

  • Military Band Beginner's Course          84 weeks
  • Military Band Advance Course             42 weeks
  • Bandmaster Course                            84 weeks

Pipe Band Courses

  • Drummer's Training Course                  42 weeks
  • Pipe Training Course                           42 weeks
  • Drum Major Course                             21 weeks
  • Pipe Major Course                              21 weeks

Solo Instrument Courses

  • Buglar's Training Course                      42 weeks
  • Trumpeter's Training Course                 42 weeks                                                               top
Selection Criteria

 

Course       Criteria
Military Band Beginner's
  • Band Service between Course 2 - 3 years.
Military Band Advance
  • Should be Beginner's Course qualified with minimum (BEE) grading
  • Service between 5 - 10 years.
Band Master Course
  • Bandsmen with service between 5 - 10 years are eligible Must have done Military Band Advance Course with minimum (BEE) grade
  • Pipe Band Courses
Drummer's Training Course
  • Service Between 2 - 5 years
Piper's Training Course
  • Service Between 2 - 5 years

Drum Major's Course

  • Should be Drummer's Training Course qualified with minimum (BEE) grading
  • Bandsman with Service between 5 - 10 years are eligible.
Pipe Major's Course
  • Should be Piper's Training Course qualified with minimum (BEE) grading
  • Bandsman with service between 5 - 10 years are eligible.
Buglar's Training Course
  • Service Between 2 - 5 years.
Trumpeter's Training
  • Service Between 2 - 5 Course years.

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 Extra-Curricular Activities

Following extra curricular activities are carried out by the students in an organized fashion under School staff:

  • Recreational trips are arranged to historical places around Abbottabad
  • Hiking
  • Participation in concerts
  • In door/out door games                                                                                                                     top
 Conclusion

This Institution is endeavoring hard to acquire the latest trends and developments in the field of music training with the sole objective to produce competent musicians.

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