Army No. 1 Band
Captain Fergal Carroll (Staff Conductor)
A native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Captain Fergal Carroll was commissioned into the Defence Forces in September, 2005. He was appointed conductor of the Band of 1 S Bde in June 2006 and in 2007 took up his current position as staff conductor in the Defence Forces School of Music, Dublin. He took his music degree at the Waterford Institute of Technology and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music from 1998 to 2000 where he was awarded the Master of Music degree. Since 2010 Captain Carroll has had responsibility for the administration and musical direction of the Army No.1 Band.
Prior to joining the Defence Forces Captain Carroll was musical director of Banna Chluain Meala, the Clonmel youth band. He conducts the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra and is musical director of the Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society. He is also active as a composer with works for orchestra, choir and band to his credit. His band music is published in the U.K. by Maecenas Music
The Army No. 1 Band
The No. 1 Band was formed in 1923 and gave its first public performance under the direction of Colonel Fritz Brase at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, in October of that year. The Band, the first of four military bands established between 1923 and 1936, has retained its original title.
The No. 1 Band has performed at all major ceremonial occasions since the foundation of the State, including all Presidential Inaugurations from that of President Douglas Hyde to the present day.
The band’s engagement schedule now includes attendance at Áras an Uachtaráin for Presentation of Credentials ceremonies of newly appointed Ambassadors, the provision of musical support for State visits to Ireland by foreign Heads of State and high profile State Engagements such as The National Day of Commemoration. In addition the band fulfils all military music requirements for the Defence Forces’ Eastern Brigade.
Concert engagements at the National Concert Hall, recitals in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, and a highly successful Schools Concerts programme are a regular part of the band’s life. The band has performed at festival and military tattoos in Italy, Holland, Germany and France. Since 2010 Captain Fergal Carroll has had responsibility for the administration and musical direction of the Army No.1 Band.
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