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History

History

In 1901, the City council of València suggested the creation of the Banda Municipal to the leading musical personality of the moment, Salvador Giner. Under the baton of Santiago Lope, the Municipal band gave its first concert in 1903 performing, among other pieces, L’Entrà de la Murta, composed for the occasion by Giner.

Chief conductors of the Municipal Band have been Lope, Vega, Ayllón, Seguí, Palanca, Ferriz, Garcés, Ribelles and Sánchez Torrella and Fernando Bonete. Rafael sanz-Espert is Chief conductor since 2018.

During the year, the Banda Municipal offers a series of concerts at the Iturbi Hall and in the Gardens of the Palau de la Música; in different towns of the Valencian Community and in European cities, together with  ceremonial  events of  the City Council.

In 2005 it toured Japan with great success, participating in the 2005 Japan Band Clinic thus strengthening its already solid international reputation.

The Municipal Band has been awarded the Corbata of the Orden Civil de Alfonso X el Sabio; the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes, the most important award given by the Spanish government; the Medalla de Oro de la Ciudad de València, granted by the City Council of València and the Alta Distinción de la Generalitat Valenciana al Mérito Cultural. It has also  been honored with the Pepe Monforte award; Les Nostres Millors Persones Majors during the 30th edition of Tribute to the elders and Gente de Fallas award by the radio station Onda Cero València.

In 2017, it was awarded the Alta Distinción (High Distinction) of the Palau de la Música de València and was invited to participate in the Fifth Music Bands Encounter of the Teatros del Canal of Madrid.