Band 1st Brigade

Conductor - Captain B. Prendergast

Capt B Prendergast

Captain Brian Prendergast joined the Army School of Music in 1980, continuing a long family tradition. His father, George Prendergast served for 46 years and retired as Company Sergeant, Band of the Curragh Command. Three uncles and a brother have also served in Defence Forces military bands. Captain Prendergast began his army career in 1981 as a euphonium player in the Band of the Southern Command.

In 1986 he was awarded a Diploma in Performance from Trinity College London (L.T.C.L), and in 1987 went on to study for a B.Mus degree at U.C.C, graduating with Honours in 1991. In the same year he attended the inaugural Wind Band Conductors’ course in Canford, studying with Timothy Reynish and Clarke Rundell. From 1992 until his being commissioned in 2005 Captain Prendergast was principal bassoonist with the Band of 1 Southern Brigade. After a period as staff conductor DFSM he took up his current appointment as conductor Band 1 S Bde in Cork in 2007.

Captain Prendergast has worked with many of the local bands in the Munster region and has taught in the Cork School of Music. At present he is principal conductor of Dungarvan Brass Band and cont

Band 1st Brigade

Band of the 1 Southern Brigade

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. Its current title, The Band of 1 Southern Brigade, dates from a reorganisation of the Defence Forces in 1997.

In addition to its military 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.

In recent years 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.


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