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.

  • We are looking forward to returning to Farmleigh the end of August but this time our performance will feature special guests, our JD Academy band. This will be the first official public performance for the JD Academy - not to ...

    August 25th, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Our Senior band will return this year to compete in the Southern Ireland Band Championship which will take place in Clonakilty on the 6th July. Keep an eye out for us on the streets of Clonakilty as we will be ...

    July 6th, 2024 | 10:00 am
  • The band are delighted to be back at Richmond Barracks to perform at the community festival on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons in late May. Pop in to see us perform if you are local!

    May 25th, 2024 | 3:00 pm - May 26th, 2024 | 4:30 pm

Social updates

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

Have you ever wanted to play music in a fun environment? Then the St. James's JD Academy Band is for you! If you play an instrument and want to improve your skills, come along to our rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7pm in Mount Brown! For all ages and skill!Contact us for more details via one of the channels in the poster 🎶 Please share our post! ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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On top of the honour of winning the ‘Most Promising Band’ at this year’s National Band Championships, the St. James's JD Academy Band also received a prize of €150!The band used this to purchase a preloved Yamaha YCL250 Clarinet for the band which is now proudly being played by JD Academy member Pearl! This prize was awarded by the Daly Family. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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We had a great weekend playing in Richmond Barracks - thanks for having us!Here's 'When I'm 64' by the St. James's Brass and Reed Band 🎶 ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us on Saturday AND Sunday from 3.30pm in Richmond Barracks to hear some Summer tunes 🌤 ... See MoreSee Less
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A lovely evening was had at the book launch of past band member Warren Farrell. Wishing Warren every success with his first book "So Once Was I". It was great catch up with Dave Farrell, Warrens' Dad, who also played with the band and was a member of 30 years on Alto Saxophone/ Flute. A lovely evening to share with you all🎶🎶🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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We're all delighted to see that Warren Farrell, a great friend and previous member of the band, has written a book called 'So Once Was I.' The book launch is next Thursday, and you can RSVP as outlined in the poster!From everyone in the St. James's Brass and Reed Band, we congratulate you, Warren, on this amazing achievement 👏 ... See MoreSee Less
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