The Rathfarnham Concert Band Society has a long and proud jazz tradition which owes much to the early efforts of Robert Chester and Mark Adams. In 1985, just four years after its foundation, the Society formed its first Stage Band under the direction of Robert Chester. Described at the time as the Society's "fourth dimension", the band laid the foundations for almost a decade of success.
In the early 1990's the Stage Band under went great change which saw Mark Adams, a founder member of the first Stage Band, appointed as conductor. The band continued to enjoy much success and indeed played with the legendary Paddy Cole. However, in 1995 the Stage Band disbanded and so a decade of success drew to a close.
In February 1999 the Jazz Band was re-formed by John Kelly and Conor O'Riordan to continue the strong jazz tradition within the Society. The Rathfarnham Jazz Band, while fundamentally the same as the previous Stage Bands nevertheless has quite a unique and distinctive sound. They play an exciting programme of popular and classical big band hits, from Glenn Miller right up to recent releases.