Bandon is a town with a long tradition of dance bands, brass bands & showbands examples - Allin Institute Band, British Legion Brass Band, CB Band, Joe Shannon Band, The Ritz and the Southern Comfort
Musicians from these bands along with their off spring decided to create a brass and reed band in Bandon town.
Mr Michael McCarthy retired from Turners Cross Motors in Cork City and was presented
with a VW Polo car as a generous gift to Bandon to acknowledge the customer base in the Bandon Area and this car was to enable a Youth & Community project to begin in the town.
24 April 2001
Recognition of the group of Trustees of the
Bandon and District Brass & Reed Concert band was formally minuted at a meeting in the Munster Arms Hotel.
The Trustees were : Michael McCarthy, Tadgh McCarthy, Anthony Cohalan, Edward Williamson, Dan O Donovan, Des Prendergast and Jerry Larkin.
Fundraising began , the VW Polo was raffled, tickets were sold at 5pounds each and the sum of 25,000 pounds (€31,743) was raised.
A Band in Kilrush Co Clare was disbanding and this created an opportunity
for Bandon to purchase all the instruments.
Tadgh McCarthy (Alto Saxaphone player & Trustee) who played with the Butter Exchange Band on Cork, encouraged Mr Herbie Hendricks
to take up the position of Conductor with the Bandon and District Brass & Reed Band.
The Late May O Donovan of Connolly St, Bandon left €15,000 in her will for the Bandon & District Brass and Reed Band. At her request,
the band used this money for tuition.
10 May 2007
The Bandon and District Brass & Reed Band Ltd was formed.
2007 to 2009
Membership grew steadily after advertisement in Southern Star newspaper.
The Trustees of the band, who are all previous musicians, formed “The Old Town Hall Band” to aid fundraising for the Bandon & District Brass & Reed Band.
The band plays the first Annual Fundraising concert in
the Munster Arms Hotel.
The band were awarded an Arts Council Grant of €500 which was used for the purchase of uniforms and design of the band crest.
The band took part in the Junior Section of the
South of Ireland Championships competition under conductor Mr H Hendricks.
Mr Hendricks steps down as conductor and Mr Robert O Connor takes on the role. Both are members of the Butter Exchange Band who are a constant help to our band.
Membership has grown to 18.
The band took part in the Junior Section of the South of Ireland Championships competition under conductor Mr R O Connor and we were awarded 4th place.
concerts and street performances are part of the Bands programme of events. (Farmers Market in Bandon, Credit Union Anniversary, Christmas Markets)
01 Dec 2013
The band played alongside the Butter Exchange Band in a Gala Concert in the
Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool , Cork City for the flooding relief fund in the city.
10 Feb 2014
The band were awarded a Cork County Council grant of €800 which was used for the purchase of an extra snare drum, some clarinets
and music stands.
Membership has grown to 35!
Mr Robert O Connor steps down as conductor but continues to play Euphonium with the band.
Mr Leo Guedan (Flute & Sax player with the band) takes on the
role of conductor.
Membership continues to grow, now at 39!
18 May 2015
The Band played at the funeral of our President and Founder Member Mr Edward Williamson.
24 June 2015
The Band played at
Cork University Hospital for World Music Day.
The Band played at the Walled Town Festival
The Band played at the Engage Arts Festival
The Band was formally re-named “The
Bandon Concert Band Glc”.