History – Banda Municipal do Funchal

On February 18, 1850, a group of workers led by Manuel de Nóbrega founded the “Filarmónica dos Artistas Funchalenses” to promote musical art and occupation of their free time.
It was in the Amparo Chapel, in the parish of São Martinho, municipality of Funchal that for the first time appeared in public, brightening the camp of Nossa Senhora do Amparo.
In May 1913 he traveled to Tenerife Island (Canary Islands), where for the first time “A Portuguesa” was heard abroad.
In October of 1927, he goes on a tour of the island of São Miguel (Azores), under the regency of Lieutenant Gustavo Coelho, where at the height of his strength, performs works of great prestige, such as: The Taking of Moscow (1812); Hungarian March; The hell; Portuguese Rhapsody of Águeda and Barber of Seville.
On April 8, 1925, as a reward for services rendered to the Municipality of Funchal, he received the title of Banda Municipal do Funchal.
On July 11, 1927, she was awarded the “Louvor Deserved” medal by the Portuguese Red Cross.
On October 1, 1931, she became a partner of the “Angústias Atlético Clube da Horta”, Azores.
In May 1933 he toured Tenerife and Gran Canaria, under the aegis of the maestro Captain Gustavo Coelho, comprising a retinue of more than 300 people, many of whom belonged to the elite of Flanders.
By Decree of January 25, 1951, of the Government of the Republic, the rank of Knight of the Order of Public Instruction was conferred, being granted honors and the right to the use of the insignia that correspond to him.
Registration in the Portuguese Federation of Culture and Recreation Associations under number 487 and awarded the Gold Medal by the Portuguese Federation of Culture and Recreation Collectivities.
On September 29, 1968, it is the 1st classified in the II Great Contest of Civil Music Bands in the insular eliminatory.
On October 16, 1971, in the final held in Lisbon, he was 4th in the overall standings, 2nd in his category and 2nd in the general parade.
Declared Institution of Public Utility by the Regional Council of Madeira on April 6, 1995.
Participation in the VI Festival of Loving Bands of the Municipality of Loures on November 24, 1995, EXPO98 in Lisbon, EXPO2000 in Hanover and the 5th Festival of Band of the Templars in the city of Tomar (13-16 September 2002 ), representing the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
Recording of a CD and cassette in 1995, titled “The Artists”. Participation in the recording of the CD “The Best Bands of the Region” in 2006 and in the DVD “Bandas Filarmónicas”.
Recently (Mar / 17), the second CD “Madeira de Outros Tempos” was released.

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