The Band known to the people of Cork affectionally as Da Buttera is a community based Wind Band with a focus on involvement in local community events and providing the people of Cork with free musical tuition to anyone willing to join the Band.

The Band plays at many events through out the year such as parades, festivals, regattas, open air recitals, sacred events and of course Christmas Carols.

The Butter Exchange Band, locally known as ‘The Buttera’, was established in its present form in 1878. It had originally been known as the Father MacNamara Band after the priest who helped set up the band. The band was taken over by the employees of the Butter Exchange in 1878, after the departure of Fr MacNamara, and renamed the Butter Exchange Brass and Reed Band. The band’s rehearsal rooms are now located at 48 Dominick Street near the old Butter Market. The band was originally a schoolboy band, but in 1878 it ‌became more an adult band.

Since the 1970s, the band has admitted female members. In recent years, there has been an increase in the numbers of young people in the band and it has reverted to being primarily a young person’s band.
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