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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

52nd IABCB National Band Championships Results.

Congratulations to all the bands that took part in the 52nd IABCB National Band Championships over the weekend. It was a fantastic event to be a part of, and great performances from everyone.

Here are the full results:

Adjudicator: Archie Hutchison

Section 4 Concert Bands (total score out of 150)
1st - Clara Town Band (Laura Doyle) - 107
2nd - Redemptorist Centre of Music Concert Band (Andrew Jordan) - 106
3rd - Midleton Junior Concert Band (Robert O'Brien) - 104
T4th - Ballyclare High School Wind Band (Dorothy Orr) - 103
T4th - Ballymore Eustace Prelude Ensemble - 103
6th - Jack Dempsey Concert Band (Eva O'Toole) - 100
7th - Nenagh CBS Concert Band (Mark Nutley) - 98
8th - Rathfarnham Junior Concert Band (Richard Treston) - 96
9th - St Patricks Brass & Reed Band Balbriggan (Laurence Dunne) - 93

Best March: Ballyclare High School Wind Band
Best Slow Piece: Clara Town Band
Best Own-Choice Piece: Redemptorist Centre of Music Concert Band
Best Woodwind: Midleton Junior Concert Band
Most Promising Band: Midleton Junior Concert Band

Section 4 Brass Bands (total score out of 150)
1st - Irish National Forresters Brass Band (Jack Regan) - 95
2nd - Kells Silver Band - (Sean Lynch) - 93
Best March: Kells Silver Band
Best Slow Piece: Irish National Forresters Brass Band
Best Own-Choice Piece: Irish National Forresters Brass Band

Section 3 Concert Bands (Own Choice (max 50)/Set Piece (max 100) = Total (max 150))
1st - EA (NER) Youth Concert Band (Graham Murray) - 38/87 = 125
2nd - St Marys Brass & Reed Band Kingscourt (Lorcan Daly) - 36/84 = 120
3rd Clondalkin Youth Band (Harry Kelly) - 35/83 = 118
Withdrawn - St Marys Brass & Reed Band Maynooth
Best Own Choice: EA (NER) Youth Concert Band
Best Brass Section: EA (NER) Youth Concert Band

Section 3 Brass Bands (Own Choice (max 50)/Set Piece (max 100) = Total (max 150))
1st - Stedfast Shoes Brass Band (Mark Newman) - 32/80 = 112
Best Own Choice: Stedfast Shoes Brass Band

Section 2 Brass Bands (Own Choice (max 50)/Set Piece (max 100) = Total (max 150))
1st - Navan Silver Band (Stephen Murray) - 32/88 = 120
Best Own Choice: Navan Silver Band

Section 1 Concert Bands (Own Choice (max 50)/Set Piece (max 100) = Total (max 150))
1st - Dublin Concert Band (Fergus O'Carroll & John Doyle) - 47/95 = 142
2nd - Ardee Concert Band (Brendan Breslin) - 45/93 = 138
3rd - Rathfarnham Concert Band (Vincent Kennedy) - 44/92 = 136
Best Own Choice: Dublin Concert Band
Best Woodwind: Dublin Concert Band
Best Brass: Ardee Concert Band
Best Supporting Section: Percusssion - Rathfarnham Concert Band

Section 1 Brass Bands (Own Choice (max 50)/Set Piece (max 100) = Total (max 150))
1st - Drogheda Brass Band (Michael Maher) - 48/93 = 141
2nd - Lourdes Brass Band (Michael Alcorn) - 46/91 = 137
3rd - The Stedfast Band (Brian Daly) - 45/89 = 134
Best Own Choice: Drogheda Brass Band

Overall Championship Best Band: Dublin Concert Band

IABCB Honorary Life Membership awarded to: Harry Kelly & Archie Hutchison