About Us

HistoryThe Band in 1960

 

The Band was founded in 1951 in the Dun Laoghaire area, mainly through the efforts of brothers, Stanley and George Dyke, from Past Members of The Boys' Brigade, and has been associated with Blackrock Methodist Church for over thirty years. Originally restricted to 'Old Boys' from the Brigade, we now welcome all brass and percussion players, both male and female. Whilst many new members, drawn by the professional approach and expertise of the Band have joined, two founder members of the band are still actively involved. Newcomers are always welcome.

 

Music

 

Like all amateur groups the input in time and effort is directly related to the success achieved. For the Stedfast Band the results are self-evident, a very tight professional standard and an extensive repertoire. The beauty of a Brass Band is that they are so musically versatile and a concert programme could include music ranging from Classical, Folk, Latin American, Film & TV, right up to modern Pop arrangements as well as original works for Brass Band. In other words, nothing is excluded and can fit any occasion.

 

Competitions

 

Since the instigation of Brass band Contests in the Republic of Ireland in 1967, the Stedfast Band has been one of the most faithful competitors, entering and winning the first Senior Brass section and maintaining the standard down through the years. We have also competed in the North of Ireland and in the United Kingdom and represented Ireland in the European Brass Band Contest in the Royal Albert Hall in 1977.

 

Concerts

 

The band undertakes a wide variety of concerts throughout any given year. These range from private functions to charity concerts to large public events; all are given meticulous attention. Highlights in 2009 included performing to a full house at the National Concert Hall and to large crowds for the 90th anniversary of Dail Eireann at Leinster House. For a list of our upcoming performances, please click here.

 

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