Welcome

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.

band members outside

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.

Interested in joining the St. James's JD Academy Band? Not sure what to expect?Find out from Tony as he shares his JD Academy experience! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Interested in joining the St. James's JD Academy Band? Not sure what to expect?Find out from Leo as he shares his JD Academy experience! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Interested in joining the St. James's JD Academy Band? Not sure what to expect?Find out from Katie as she shares her JD Academy experience! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

3 weeks ago

Saint James's Brass & Reed Band
This time two years ago! 😱 ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
The St. James's JD Academy Band is looking for new members! If you play an instrument and want to improve your skills in a fun and open environment, get in touch! Please share our post! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
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
View on Facebook