Welcome to the St. James’s Brass and Reed Band website – the oldest band in Ireland and possibly Europe. Officially established in 1800 but early records trace back to as far as 1737.

St. James’s Band has participated in numerous events of historic importance, which included playing at the meetings of Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell. The band was invited to play at Parnell’s home in Avondale and later led his funeral to Glasnevin Cemetery. You can read more about the band on our history page.

St. James’s Band boasts a vast musical repertoire that ranges from overtures, selections, marches, and some of the most current popular tunes. View our upcoming performances.

If you are interested in learning an instrument or would like to join the band explore our JD Academy Band and New Members pages for more details. If you would like to hire the band get in touch.

Our conductor Kevin Corcoran is an acclaimed ensemble and solo percussionist with experience in classical, band and stage performances. In recent years he has begun the transition to conducting. Read more about Kevin here.

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Next performances

Here are our next performances. Get in touch if you would like to hire us for your event.

  • The band will perform at the Annual Easter Rising Commemoration at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Playing at both the commemorative mass and leading the colour guard procession.

    April 21st, 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Both the senior and academy band will participate in this year's National Band Championship. The competition will take place in Athlone.

    April 6th, 2024 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Join the band for a magical night of entertainment, packed full of your favourite movie music. Where: St Michael's Church, Inichcore

    February 25th, 2024 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Social updates

If you have any questions you can connect with us on our social networks.

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!We'll be outside AIB in Lucan today from 2pm! 🍀 ... See MoreSee Less
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We'll be outside the AIB Bank in Lucan on Sunday from 2pm to entertain the crowds waiting for the parade! Come and join us to hear some Irish tunes 🍀 ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Mother's Day, especially to all the wonderful Mothers and Grandmothers in the band ♥️ ... See MoreSee Less
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The Band wouldn't be so successful without the hard work and dedication of its members! We took an opportunity to congratulate some of our current playing members for their years of service. This includes:Katherine Morey - 30 YearsBrenda Brady Hughes - 32 YearsAnthony Maher - 32 YearsDerek McGrail - 32 YearsMartina Condon - 40 YearsDermott Phelan - 42 YearsJohn Daly - 44 YearsJohn Farrell - 45 Years Congratulations to you all, and on behalf of the band, we thank you for your dedication and commitment to the band - here's to many more years of music to come 🎶📸 by Declan Burtenshaw ... See MoreSee Less
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Wrapping up a week of videos from our Movie Magic Concert last Sunday! Here's John Williams in Concert featuring music from ET, Jaws, Star Wars, and much more! Thank you again for your support last Sunday. We'll be posting news about upcoming gigs over the next couple of weeks 🎶📸 by the wonderful Declan Burtenshaw ... See MoreSee Less
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