The Army Band of 4 Western Brigade
The Army No. 4 Band was formed in 1936 and has been located at Custume Barracks Athlone since that time. The Band’s numerical title was later changed to a territorial style; thus the Army No. 4 Band became The Band of the Western Command. Its current title, The Band of 4 Western Brigade, dates from a re-organisation of the Defence Forces in 1997.
The Band services a large area ranging northwards from Westmeath to Donegal and westwards to Galway and Mayo. It performs a wide range of Military, State and Civilian Engagements each year and is recognised as being an integral part of the cultural life of the West of Ireland.
The Band has the distinction, unique among the Irish military bands, of having served a six-month tour as part of a United Nations mission (UNFICYP – Cyprus) in 1965. During this tour the Band played at over one hundred events for the Greek and Turkish communities on the island. Also uniquely it was the first Defence Forces band to perform in the United Kingdom when it played at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. More recently the Band’s visits abroad include performances at festivals, parades and tattoos in France, Lebanon and Belgium.