We are one of Dublin’s oldest and friendliest bands. The Band was founded in 1936, in the Dublin parish of St. George’s by past members of the 14th Dublin Company of the Boys’ Brigade. The Band’s first concert was on 5 February 1937, in the Metropolitan Hall in Abbey Street. The following day the Irish Times wrote “If the band holds together, it seems destined to have a very successful future.” We’re still together after so many years, entertaining the public.
Conductors Since 1936:
•Mr C. G. Bannister (1st conductor)
•Mr W. Miller (1960s)
•Mr F. Bannister (1970s)
•Mr J. Regan (1980s, 90s, 00s until 2014 | longest serving conductor)
•Mr J. Wadsworth (current conductor | since September 2014)
In 1953 & 1954 the Band performed Handel’s Messiah with the Georgian Choir. Original compositions St George’s Brass Band 1938have been written for the Band and broadcast on RTÉ Radio Eireann. St. George’s has competed and achieved places of distinction in competitions in Bellvue (Manchester), Belfast and Dublin. Individual members have won gold and silver medals in the solo brass sections of Feis Ceoil throughout the years.
Another feature of the Band’s life has been the wide variety of engagements carried out. These include church services, indoor concerts, garden fetes, vintage car shows, the Botanical Gardens, international football matches, public parks, yacht clubs and the National Concert Hall. During one Sunday in 1999 the Band travelled to Belfast International Airport to play a charity concert, returning to repeat the programme at Dublin Airport that evening.
During the last weekend in October 2002, a party of Band members and friends visited Prestatyn for the Pontins Brass Band Championships. This became a regular trip attending the championships each year, up to it’s closure in 2010.
During October 2003, the Band engaged Mr. Dennis Wilby (conductor, composer, arranger, and adjudicator) to coach the Band over a weekend. This was such a success with the Band members that we invited Dennis back again in October 2004 for another weekend of tuition.
Over the past 18 years we have welcomed and organised concerts with eleven bands from Scotland, England, Wales and America who travelled to Dublin. These were the Bon Accord Band, The Burtle Band, the Enderby Band, the Towcester Band, the Wilton & District Band, Jericho Brass (from Chattanooga), Newtown Silver Band (Wales), Trinity Girls Brass Band (UK), Leichardt Celebrity Brass (Australia), 1st OBU Larne (Northern Ireland) and The Hook Norton Brass Band (UK).
We rehearse every Monday 8-10 p.m. just off Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Beginners are also taught on Monday evenings between 7pm-8pm. We are an adult brass band with a current membership of 30 players.