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Welcome to the Home page of the Irish Association of Brass and Concert Bands.

The IABCB is a voluntary association who represent and organise events for the many Concert and Brass Bands located throughout Ireland.

The IABCB was originally founded in 1965 to represent Brass and Military Bands and has developed and evolved through the years to account for the changes in both musical representation and performance.

The current Executive work towards promoting Irish Bands abroad, organising the National Band Championships, liasing with foreign bands and other events such as Masterclasses.

The Association itself is also divided into regions, and each has the chance to undertake it's own events such as regional solo and ensemble competitions.

IABCB membership includes players from all around the world, ranging in age from young beginner musicians to seasoned players who continue to play well into their retirement years, showing that music is indeed open to anyone of any age!

In previous years we have developed close ties with Bands across the world, and have also been privileged to welcome many well known composers and conductors such as Stephen McNeff, Fergus O'Carroll, Paul Lovatt Cooper, Vincent Kennedy and Fergal Carroll to our events. Previous adjudicators of our National Band Championships include Timothy Reynish, Mark Heron, Jacob de Haan, Adam Gorb, Michael Ball, Hughina Naylor, Denis Wilby and Michael Brand. We are delighted that this year we will be joined by Philip Sparke.

We maintain close links with the Northern Ireland Band Association and regularly attend events, competitions and functions held by the NIBA.

Latest News

50th National Band Championship Results

Section 4 Concert                                          Total Score

Band A  - Tallaght Festival Band                           120

Band B  - CBS Concert Nenagh                              127

Band C - Finglas Concert & Marching Band        132  - 1st Place

Band D - Rathfarnham Junior Concert Band       128  -  2nd Place

Band E - Midleton Junior Concert Band               124

Band F - Ardee Concert Youth Band                       126

 

Best March - Finglas Concert & Marching Band

Best Slow Piece - Finglas Concert & Marching Band

Best Choice of Programme - Rathfarnham Junior Concert Band

Best Own Choice - Ardee Concert Youth Band

Most Promising Band - Ardee Concert Youth Band

 

Section 3 Brass

Test Piece - Indian Summer by Eric Ball         Own Choice       Test Piece       Total

Band A - St Nicholas Brass Band                         43                     86               129 - 1st Place

Band B - HFC Brass Band New Ross                   42                     85               127 - 2nd Place

Best Own Choice - St Nicholas Brass Band

 

Sectiona 1 Brass

Test Piece - Oceans by Goff Richards            Own Choice       Test Piece       Total

Band A - Drogheda Brass Band                           46                     88               134

Band B - Arklow Shipping Silver Band               44                     89               133

Band C - Steadfast Brass Band                             45                     90               135 - 2nd Place

Band D - Lourdes Brass Band                               45                     91                136 - 1st Place

Best Own Choice - Drogheda Brass Band

 

Section 1 Concert

Gaelforce by Peter Graham                           Own Choice        Test Piece       Total

Band A - St James's Brass and Reed Band        44                       89              133 - 2nd Place

Band B - Dublin Concert Band                             45                       92              137 - 1st Place

Band C - Rathfarnham Concert Band                  44                       87              131

Band D - Ardee Concert Band                               42                       89              131

 

Best Own Choice - Dublin Concert Band

Best Brass Section - Dublin Concert Band

Best Woodwind Section - Dublin Concert Band

John O'Reilly Memorial Trophy - St James's Brass and Reed Band French Horn Section

Overall Section 1 Winners - Dublin Concert Band

 

                                         Overall Championship Winners - Dublin Concert Band