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.

Happy Valentine's Day 💕Here's a snippet of Beauty and the Beast! If you want to see and hear more classic movie tunes, come along to our Movie Magic Concert on the 25th February at 7.30pm! Tickets are below 🎬www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-magic-by-the-st-jamess-brass-and-reed-band-tickets-817571376997 ... See MoreSee Less
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We're looking for a Drum Teacher for the Academy Band. Email your CV to us at stjamessband@gmail.comGet in touch for more details! ... See MoreSee Less
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Tickets are available below for our Movie Magic Concert on the 25th February at 7.30pm in St. Michael's Church Inchicore!The Habemus Chamber Choir are special guests at the concert and we're very excited to be playing with them 🎼Please note that Nationwide will be recording the band at the concert!!Come and support our band - promises to be a fantastic night! 🎶www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-magic-by-the-st-jamess-brass-and-reed-band-tickets-817571376997 ... See MoreSee Less
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We're looking for a Drum Instructor for the Academy Band! Rehearsals are 7-8pm on Wednesdays in our bandhall in Mount Brown 🥁Get in touch for more details! Please share our post 🎶 ... See MoreSee Less
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This day 3 weeks 😱 Promises to be a fantastic night, get your tickets here: www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-magic-by-the-st-jamess-brass-and-reed-band-tickets-817571376997 ... See MoreSee Less
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