OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome The Band of The 1st Brigade Cork to the grounds of the castle for a performance on Thursday 18 July at 1pm.
This is a FREE event.
The Band of The 1st Brigade Cork
The Army No. 2 Band was formed in April 1925 at Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin. It was posted to Cork the following year, where it is currently stationed at Collins Barracks.
The numerical titles of all bands, with the exception of the Army No.1 Band, were later changed to territorial styles; thus the Army No.2 Band became The Band of the Southern Command. The Title, Band of 1 Southern Brigade, dates from a re-organisation of the Defence Forces in 1997. The Band is now known as The Band of the 1st Brigade, following the recent reorganisation of the Defence forces, to a two Brigade structure.
In addition to its military and State commitments, the band plays a major part in the musical and cultural life of the southern region of the country. It regularly appears at important events such as the Cork International Choral Festival, and its concert performances at venues such as City Hall, Cork, have won an enthusiastic following .The band’s Schools Concert programme is a much-appreciated part of the Defence Forces contribution to the community.
Performances abroad have become a feature of the band’s schedule and it has performed to acclaim at events such as The International Festival of Military Music at Saumur, France, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Toronto, Canada.