Mayo Concert Orchestra was formed in September 1995 from the original Castlebar Town Band. The inaugural concert was held in May 1996. At the end of June the orchestra travelled to France where it played four concerts and appeared on France 3 TV. In July 1998 the orchestra travelled to Holland where they played three concerts and also attended the European Festival of Youth Orchestras in The Hague. In 2000 MCO was central to Mayo’s Millennium Gala Concert, appearing with many other musical groups from throughout Mayo.