Pakistan Army School of Music was established in 1952 at Chirat under the supervision of Captain Donald Keeling, who was Director of Music from the 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.
Army School of Music 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.
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.
Army School of Music Faculty
The training wing of this institution has been organized into the 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
Following extracurricular activities are carried out by the students in an organized fashion under School staff:
- Recreational trips are arranged to historical places around Abbottabad
- Participation in concerts
- Indoor/outdoor games
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.