The Almazán Music Band celebrates its 150th anniversary with a book by José Ángel Márquez about its history


The Almazán Music Band (Soria) celebrates its 150th anniversary with the publication of a book by José Ángel Márquez about its history, under the title ‘La Banda de Música de Almazán. 150 years animating the life of a Soriano town ‘.

The deputy for Culture, Enrique Rubio, and the author of the book, José Ángel Márquez, have presented this Thursday the new publication that has seen the light in the provincial printing press.

Enrique Rubio has pointed out that this book “does justice” to this formation that gives “prestige” to the town and has highlighted the work of Márquez “chronicler of Almazán since 1996” and that it offers “fantastic” content with “exceptional graphic documentation “.

The author of the book has indicated that the Band and the previous mayor, José Antonio de Miguel, conveyed to him the possibility of gathering information on the formation for the 150th anniversary, “which has led to the publication.”

Márquez has stressed that it is a “beloved” formation and with a certain significance, since there is even a street in Almazán dedicated to one of the musical group’s premises.

“The band of Almazán has been a musical notary of all the events, of this population, because it has acted in the official visits of relevance, commemorations or parades”, has recalled the author of the book.

The author has highlighted that the publication has 220 photographs, “many of them unpublished and provided by families from Almazán and members of the Band.” A BAND CREATED IN MAY 1866

José Ángel Márquez has reviewed the history of the Almazán Band, created in May 1866, and that it is not the “oldest in the province” but “it is the dean at the moment, since others disappeared, but the de Almazán has always resurfaced.

“A first investment by the City Council allowed to acquire instruments, have a rehearsal room and hire an instructor, creating the ‘Sociedad Filamrónica de Almazán’ to give legal coverage to the band,” Márquez reviewed.

Likewise, he added that the foundations of it were laid by “a military musician of Leonese origin” who has not been able to specify “due to the contradictory documentation” if it was called “Tiburcio or Lucio.”

“However, he left early and the situation of the Band was quite critical for about 20 years until Juan Muñoz brought stability in his 30 years at the helm divided into two stages”, the author has reviewed, who has pointed out that he also put an important grain of sand “Abundio Andaluz, who would be shot during the war, but who contributed to the renewal of the formation”.

Other important names were those of Antonio Blanco, who gave splendor until the 50s, Joaquín Celada or Luis Laguna, until at the end of the 70s the Band lived a critical moment in the face of the poor economic situation of the City Council, which it considered to be an unnecessary expense.

Francisco de Miguel once again gave “importance” to the Band, to which the director Andrés Pérez contributed for nine years, at a time when the City Council had to make a significant outlay to renew the instruments.

“After the retirement of Don Andrés in 1989, José Manuel Aceña, today director of the Banda de Soria, would renew and rejuvenate the Adnamantina music band and after his departure he opted for musicians from his own formation, with Adnamantino Diego Salvachúa as director since 1994 “.

Márquez has highlighted the work of the current director, who has renewed activities such as “children’s concerts and even recordings with rock bands.”

Likewise, he pointed out that the book also dedicates chapters to the directors and deputy directors, to the events, venues and anecdotes of the 150 years of the musical group.

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