The School of Music in Bailieborough evolved from the Bailieborough Youth Band, a marching band in 1988. The first wind instruments introduced were recorder, flute and clarinet with an original enrolment of 26 students under the tuition of Ron Cooney. In December 1990 students in the music school first entered Royal Irish Academy Grade examinations. In 1991, Micheal Gaskin, the current musical director, joined as a teacher and introduced trumpet, trombone and euphonium. Enrolment had grown to 80 students.
In recognition of the great contribution the School of Music has made to the community it was awarded with Cavan County Council’s Cathaoirleacht’s Award in 2006 for community and voluntary activity in the Arts Cultural and Heritage Group Category.