1940’s,50’s,60’s

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 Band.


2001

Musicians from these bands along with their off spring decided to create a brass and reed band in Bandon town.


Jan 2001

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.


May 2001

Fundraising began , the VW Polo was raffled, tickets were sold at 5pounds each and the sum of 25,000 pounds (€31,743) was raised.


Nov 2001

A Band in Kilrush Co Clare was disbanding and this created an opportunity for Bandon to purchase all the instruments.


Feb 2002

Recruitment began.


March 2002

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.


2004

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.


2009

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.


2009

The band plays the first Annual Fundraising concert in the Munster Arms Hotel.


2010

The band were awarded an Arts Council Grant of €500 which was used for the purchase of uniforms and design of the band crest.


July 2010

The band took part in the Junior Section of the South of Ireland Championships competition under conductor Mr H Hendricks.


2010

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.


2012

Membership has grown to 18.


July 2012

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.


2013

Regular 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.


2014

Membership has grown to 35!


2014

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.


2015

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.


Aug 2015

The Band played at the Walled Town Festival


Sept 2015

The Band played at the Engage Arts Festival


Sept 2015

The Band was formally re-named “The Bandon Concert Band Glc”.