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Timothy Jones
María Rubio
Radegundis Tavares
Lene Skomedal
Miguel Martínez
Jennifer Montone
Maxime Tomba
Inés González
Manolo Pérez
Elisa Andreu
Loris Antiga
Anna Sanz
Javier Bonet
Christian Morabito
Wilmer Ramírez
Toni Romera
Santiago Peláez
Pierre Badol
Miguel Guerra
Fernando Deddos
Antonio Morant
Antonio Morant
Spanish Brass
Societat Unió Musical Sta. Cecília de Guadassuar



England, principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Royal College of Music.

Timothy Jones was born in London in 1961 and studied with Ifor Jones and Frank Lloyd. After leaving school at the age of 17, he started his career as a professional musician, playing second horn with the Munich Philharmonic.

In 1984 Timothy joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra, where he stayed until joining the London Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in 1986. Timothy has also been a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. 

During his career, Timothy has performed as a soloist with both the Munich Philharmonic and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, both in the UK and abroad to great acclaim.

Moreover, he is Professor of Horn at the Royal College of Music and Director and Co-Owner of the renowned horn company PAXMAN Limited.


Spain, principal horn of the Orchestra of Valencia.

She began her horn studies at the Sociedad Musical de Alboraya with Gabriel Diago, continuing her training at the Conservatorio Superior de Música “Joaquín Rodrigo” in Valencia with D. José Rosell, at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg with Bruno Schneider and with Javier Bonet in modern and natural horn.

Her numerous awards and scholarships include the prize at the Città di Porcia International Competition and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation scholarship.

She is frequently invited to perform as a soloist at national and international festivals such as the British Horn Society, as well as to collaborate with various European orchestras, including her continuous collaboration as horn soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a teacher she has been invited by young orchestras such as the JONDE, OJA, JOGV, and conservatories such as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama or Berklee College of Music.

She has been a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid (Teatro Real) and since 2002 she has been principal horn of the Orquesta de Valencia. He is also a member of the Quintet Cuesta, Dreisam ensemble and Metal.lògic ensemble.


Brazil, professor of Horn at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and President of the IHS.

Radegundis Tavares has been developing a career of important accomplishments. He was the first president of the Brazilian Horn Association and has recorded the first CD of a Brazilian brass player playing standard European classical repertoire with piano, entitled “Universal”, as much as the first CD featuring improvisation on the Horn by a Brazilian player, entitled “Radegundis Tavares”. Radegundis hosted the first International Horn Symposium in Latin America – IHS49. He did his under-graduate and graduate courses in the Federal University of Paraiba and had as his Horn professor Cisneiro de Andrade. 

Radegundis has been premiering many works for Horn and has acted as a soloist playing traditional repertoire, virtuosic works, and Brazilian popular music. Since 2008 he is full time professor of Horn at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and has released in June of 2019 his third solo CD entitled “Sounds from my home”. Since August 2021 Radegundis is the President of the International Horn Society.


Norway, freelance hornplayer and yoga teacher.

Norwegian Lene Skomedal is based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is a Paxman Artist and works as a freelance hornplayer. She started working professionally in 2006 and after quitting her job as co-principal in Norrlandsoperan, she has been freelancing and have had long-term contracts with a large number of orchestras and ensembles such as Copenhagen Phil, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Wermland Opera, Royal Norwegian Navy Band, and many more. 

Ms. Skomedal has a MA in orchestra playing from the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. Her teachers were Lisa Ford and Per Göran. She has also studied with Frøydis Ree Wekre, Jonathan Lipton and William VerMeulen among others. Her own teaching career started very early, at the age of 12, and she had the job as a horn teacher at Oslo Cultural School even before she started her studies at the Academy of Music. Today she teaches horns or brass at courses, festivals or in private sessions. Lene is also an experienced yoga teacher.


Spain, horn professor at the Professional Conservatory of Music "Mariano Pérez Sánchez" in Requena.

Born in Buñol. He studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música of Valencia and Real Conservatorio Superior de Música of Madrid. Perfected in the Conservatoire Nâtional de Région of Versailles (France) and Musikhochschule of Freiburg (Germany). Laureate in different chamber music competitions such as the «Ciutat de Manresa», «Monserrat Alavedra», «Paper de Música» and the prestigious «Internationalen Quintett Wettbewerbs» of Moers (Germany).

He has been a member of JONDE and the Orquesta Filarmónica of Gran Canaria as Principal Horn, as well as collaborating with most of the Spanish orchestras. He has premiered works dedicated to him such as the Horn Concerto by Bert Appermont and the Concerto for Horn and Euphonium by Martínez Gallego.

He currently teaches horn at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música «Mariano Pérez Sánchez» in Requena and Musical Arts Madrid. Member of the Quintet «Vent-à-cinc» recently awarded with the Jaume I Prize of the City Council of Llíria.


USA, principal horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra and professor at The Juilliard School of Music.

She joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal horn in 2006, and is currently on the faculties of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. She was formerly the principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony, associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, third horn of the New Jersey Symphony. and performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Named the Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year in London in 1996, she has since won many solo competitions and awards, including an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006 and a 2013 Grammy Award. She has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, WDR Köln, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla SummerFest, Strings Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. A native of northern Virginia, Ms. Montone was in the National Symphony Fellowship Program, where she studied with Edwin Thayer, was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, and attended the Marlboro Music Festival. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School as a student of Julie Landsman.


France, low horn at the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.

Born in 1991, Maxime learned to play the horn at the Conservatoire Régional de Versailles in the class of Gilles Mahaud. In 2010, he entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of André Cazalet, where he obtained his Master’s degree in 2015, with distinction.

During masterclasses or internships, he receives advice from great masters such as Jean-Michel Vinit, Benoit De Barsonny, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Francis Orval, Radovan Vlatković… Maxime is regularly called upon to play in national orchestras such as the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre national de Lille, Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris and Orchestre de Paris, where he has played under the baton of great conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach and Herbert Blomstetd.

It is with Pierre Badol (Orchestre Lamoureux), Clément Charpentier-Leroy (Orchestre de la Suisse romande), and Alexis Crouzil (Orchestre de la Suisse romande) that Maxime created the horn quartet HORNormes, with which they give several concerts throughout France and in schools. Since 2013, Maxime has been principal horn of the Orchestre national des Pays de Savoie. Since December 2016, he has joined the Geneva Chamber Orchestra as second horn.


Spain, co-principal horn of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Higher School of Music of the Canary Islands.

She was born in Tenerife where she began to study horn at the Conservatory of Music in Santa Cruz of Tenerife, winning Honor Price. Later, she moved to Amsterdam to study in Sweelinck Conservatorium with Jacob Slagter, principal horn of the Consertgebouw Orchestra, where she received the «Musicus Uitvoerend Diploma» in 1995. Teachers like Vincente Zarzo, Daniel Bourgue, Bruno Schneider, Richard Watkins, Hermann Baumann, Radovan Vlatkovic have greatly influenced her career through courses and lectures. 
She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Wind Quintet «Haizea”, founded in this orchestra, which won the First Prize in Chamber Music «Montserrat Alavedra»1994. Her professional career started as a member of La Laguna Chamber Orchestra and then she became a member of Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, in 1996. She has collaborated with City of Granada Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Castilla and Leon Symphony Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and Cadaqués Orchestra.

Now she is principal French horn in Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and she has been teaching at the Canarias Music Conservatory since 2005. She is a Stomvi artist and plays with the “Titan Cinco” model.


Spain, member of Spanish Brass.

1971. At an early age the source that feeds this musician is his family. At the age of 8 he began the official musical studies in his hometown, Guadassuar (Valencia, Spain). Then he gets the End of Studies Prize at Conservatory of Music in Valencia and later moves to the National Conservatory of Versailles Region (France) getting the Gold Medal at the Graduate Perfection. After being a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain has worked in various formations of national and international level. He has taught in various conservatories of Spanish geography and currently teaches at the Horn Classroom ( In 1989, together with his colleagues, he formed the Spanish Brass (, with whom he won the First Prize in the International Brass Quintet Competition in Narbonne (France) in 1996, and since then he has dedicated himself exclusively to chamber music, giving concerts and masterclasses all over the world. Spanish Brass has recorded 30 CDs and 2 DVDs, and in 2020 they received the National Music Prize for Performance. Manolo is a Paxman artist and plays with the 20M Centenary model.


Spain, horn professor at the Conservatory of Music “Francesc Peñarroja” in La Vall d’Uixó.

She began her musical studies at the age of 9, and later studied at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música in Torrent where she was taught by José Sebastià Ferrer. At the end of her studies she obtained the Professional Music Prize in the speciality of horn. 

She studied horn performance at MUSIKENE, Higher School of Music of the Country Basque, with the teachers Rodolfo Epelde, Óscar Sala and Jorge Rentería. She extended her horn education with Manolo Pérez, as well as attending masterclasses with internationally renowned horn players such as María Rubio, Bernardo Cifres, David Fernández, Sarah Willis, Ab Koster, Marie Luise Neunecker, Markus Makuniitty, Wolfgang Gaag… 

She has been a member of the Youth Orchestra of Valencia, the Youth Symphony Orchestra of FSMCV and the National Youth Orchestra of Spain. She collaborates with professional orchestras such as the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao or Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, among others, under the baton of conductors like Juanjo Mena, Lorenzo Viotti, Karina Canellakis or David Afkham. She is currently a horn professor at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Francesc Peñarroja” in of Vall d’Uixó and at the Escuela de Música de Guadassuar.


Italy, horn player in the Fenice Opera House Venice.

Loris Antiga is one of Italy’s foremost horn players. He has played with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and was selected by Claudio Abbado for the Orchestra Mozart project. After finishing his studies in Italy, where he studied with Guido Corti, he moved to Chicago to study with Dale Clevenger and Arnold Jacobs. He has performed as a first horn player with Teatro alla Scala and the Filarmonica della Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Orchestra della Radio Svizzera Italiana, and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and has worked with the most important Italian operatic and symphonic ensembles. He has been a member of the orchestra of the Gran Teatro La Fenice since 2001. He has performed under the direction of R. Muti, S. Bychkov, A. Pappano, V. Gergiev, A. Gardiner, C. Thielemann, F. Luisi, Z. Mehta, D. Barenboim, and B. Haitink. He is a founding member of Brassoperà, with whom he has recorded for Summit Records. He is highly interested in chamber music and has been invited to numerous festivals in Lyon, Pisa, Lugano, Ravello, and others. He regularly holds masterclasses around the world, including Japan, Brazil, the United States, China and Spain. He is regularly invited to perform as a soloist in Japan and the United States. Paxman Artist.


Spain, horn professor at the Conservatory of Music of Tarragona.

She began her studies at the Sociedad Instructiva Unión Musical de Montserrat, continued them at the Conservatory of Music of Torrent with Jose Vte Sebastià and completed her higher studies at the Higher School of Music of Valencia with D. José Rosell. She has continued perfecting her studies taking courses of technique and musical interpretation with different renowned horn players such as Eric Terwilliger, Anne Marie Scharer, Francis Orval, Fergus Mc William, Stefan Leval, Bruno Schneider, Daniel Bourgue, Markus Maskuniitty, among others… and as a student of the Spanish Brass Academy with Manuel Perez. As artistic experience includes participation in different orchestras such as: Ricercare Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra of Valencia, Mediterranean Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra City of Ibiza, Orchestra of Barcelona and National Orchestra of Catalonia… She has been a founding member of the Discantus Wind Quintet, the Alcalans Brass Quintet, the Tramuntana Quintet and is currently a member of the Trio Romàntic. She is currently a horn teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Tarragona in Tortosa, horn soloist  of the Chamber Orchestra «City of Tortosa» and the Symphonic Orchestra of Terres de l’Ebre.


Spain, horn of the National Orchestra of Spain.

After beginning his training at the hands of his father and with Miguel Rodrigo in Valencia, he continued and perfected his studies at the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Essen (Germany) with Hermann Baumann. He participated in master classes with professors such as Daniel Bourgue, Philip Farkas, Vicente Zarzo or Ab Koster. Restless researcher, international soloist, very active in chamber music, his great versatility has led him to develop an internationally recognised work in the field of the natural horn. He is acclaimed worldwide as a reference in the performance with historical instruments and creator of the natural horn group Corniloquio.

In the field of pedagogy, he teaches courses both in Spain and abroad: Lisbon, Porto, Paris, Budapest, Berlin, Bloomington, Mexico, Caracas, Beijing or Tokyo. He has been professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Salamanca and professor of natural horn and modern horn at the ESMUC in Barcelona, and he currently teaches at the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio (UAX) in Madrid. Awarded in various international competitions, he is now a judge of the most prestigious competitions: Portia, Geneva and ARD in Munich.

Javier Bonet has been a member of the National Orchestra of Spain since 1987.


Argentina, low horn at Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires and member of Bayres Horns.

Born in november 23 of 1972 in La Plata, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA and started to play the french horn at the early age of 9. He considered Jorge Ramirez Alvarez as his main teacher and mentor.

In 1994 he won an audition at the Orquesta del Teatro Argentino de La Plata and in 1997 he won another audition in the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, both positions as a low horn player.  

He studied in New York City with Mr. Jerome Asbhy, Mr. Erik Ralske, Mr. De Intinis and Mr. Vincent Penzarella, all members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and with Sebastian Poch in Germany.  

Since 2018 he is part of BAYRES HORNS, french horn quartet with who traveled to many countries including Italian Brass Week of Italy, playing Argentinian traditional music. They presented their first CD album called Concertango at IHS 49th Symposium in Nathal-Brazil. In 2019 Christian began adding Spanish subtitles to episodes of TUBA PEOPLE TV (posted on YouTube), a research project of Michael Grose about the pedagogy of famed Chicago Symphony tubist, and internationally regarded music teacher, Arnold Jacobs.



Venezuela, WR Luthier

Wilmer Ramírez, a luthier with a professional career of more than 20 years specialising in the repair of brass and woodwind instruments, developed his profession in Venezuela, Austria and Spain, in the latter countries in prestigious factories of musical instrument construction. It is worth mentioning that Wilmer’s love for luthiery comes from the fact that he is a professional horn player, having worked with the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela and the Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón in Argentina. Now he has his own atelier located in Aldaia-Valencia, being an authorized repairer of several internationally renowned factories that endorse his work, as well as many professional musicians who recommend him throughout the national and international territory.


Spain, Romera Brass

From my love of playing the trombone and my curiosity to know how mouthpieces work has given me the opportunity to help the musician to get the best equipment for his mouthpieces.

Romera Brass also has a project of «Solidarity Mouthpieces» with the collaboration of the most outstanding current musicians such as the members of Spanish Brass. Exclusive mouthpieces created out of admiration and gratitude for sharing with us the values of friendship and the pursuit of excellence, with this collaboration we help children from all over the world with serious health problems.

Cuida’m programme of the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona.




Spain, composer

He began his musical studies at the age of 8 at the Centre de Música i Dansa de Natzaret. He became interested in musical composition at an early age, premiering his first work for band in 2010. He has received awards such as the City of Valencia Prize and honourable mentions in the Manuel Carrascosa and Valencia Crea prizes. He has premiered works in a variety of venues, including the Festival de la Música de la Mediterrànea, MuVIM, the broadcasting of commercial music in various countries, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, III Festival de Jazz de la Serranía and the Trobada de Nova Creació per a Percusión del grupo Amores. He complements his musical training with teachers such as Jesús Orón, Gregory Fritze, Óscar Araujo, Bert Appermont, José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Leonardo Balada and Vicente Ortiz. 

Professional degree in saxophone at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia and Higher Degree in Composition at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Valencia with teachers such as Enrique Sanz Burguete, Andrés Valero and Voro García. MA in Hispanic Music at the University of Valladolid. Since 2016 he is dedicated to teaching, currently working as a teacher of Musical Language at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Torrent.


France, composer

He began music at the Saint-Étienne Conservatoire, where he was awarded the horn prize at the age of 16. In 2009, he entered the Pôle Supérieur of the Paris Regional Conservatory with Vladimir Dubois (soloist of the Paris Opera) and in 2011, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he obtained his bachelor’s degree with honours. Pierre, currently principal horn of the Lamoureux Orchestra, is regularly invited by the major national orchestras such as the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Lyon, Orchestre de Lille, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande or Orchestre de la Chambre de Genève. He also performs as a soloist accompanied by several ensembles: Ensemble Court-Circuit, Ensemble Telemann, Orchestra of the Cottbus Opera, Orchestra Filarmonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Ensemble Nouvelle Portée, Orchestre Les Bagatelles, Orchestre Lutetia, Ensemble de Poches… He has been awarded in the international competitions of Porcia and Chieri (Italy) and FMAJI (France). And in 2017 he won the first prize in the international composition competition of Festyvocal – Le Corbusier (France). He also composes and arranges the pieces, the shows and the videos of the HORNormes quartet.


Spain, composer

Born in Picassent, Valencia. He began his studies at the Higher School of Music in Valencia, where he obtained the Higher Diploma in horn, and extended them at the CPM Joaquín Turina in Madrid (contrapunctus and composition) and perfected them at the National Conservatory of the Region of Versailles with Daniel Bourgue (horn and chamber music), the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid (orchestra conducting) and at the Higher Academy of Music of Pescara, in Italy (orchestra conducting), with Gilberto Serembe. 

He has conducted on numerous occasions orchestras such as the Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de la RTVE, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Sinfónica de Burgos, Orquesta Sinfónica de Pescara or Cluj Napoca Orchestra, among others.

As a composer he has a varied catalogue of works for different ensembles, some of them recorded by RNE, from works for band: «Rainbow» or «El Barón Rampante», as well as different chamber works, some of them recorded by Luís González, Carlos Gil, Ximo Vicedo or Spanish Brass. He received the Joaquín Turina composition prize for his work «Sur la Mer», later recorded by RNE and TVE as part of the Chamber Music Series organised by the RTVE Orchestra. Since 1989 he has been a horn member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE.


Brazil, composer

Fernando Deddos acts globally as a composer, instrumentalist and professor. He currently is an associate professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Deddos recorded the very first euphonium album in Brazil, EuFonium Brasileiro, which received theInternational Tuba & Euphonium Association’s award for excellence in recording. Besides his participation in interdisciplinary, chamber and Brazilian popular music projects, Deddos acts frequently as guest artist and professor with ensembles and international festivals and conferences. Deddos’s pieces have been performed and recorded in the five continents as the Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra, commissioned and premiered by Christoph Hartmann from the Berlin Philharmonic, and chamber groups such as the Trombone Trio of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Brass Hexagon (Japan) have premiered and recorded original Deddo’s works. Deddos has received three times the Harvey Phillips Awards by the ITEA for excellence in composition, and has been a member of international composition and soloist competitions committees such as the Leonard Falcone Festival, Trombonanza or Spanish Tuba and Euphonium Association, among others. Fernando Deddos is the current president of the Brazilian Euphonium and Tuba Association (ETB), and an Adams Instruments Performing Artist (Holland) since 2010.



Spain, pianist

Professor at the Conservatorio Superior de Música «Joaquín Rodrigo» in Valencia, Antonio studied for five years at the University of Music «Frederic Chopin» in Warsaw (Poland) with P. Paleczny and K. Nadolska. Nadolska, and completed the Master’s and Postgraduate studies. 

Born in Valencia in 1991, he began his musical studies at the age of six with J. Blom-Dahl, continuing them with C. Apellániz and J. Blanco at the Professional Conservatory of Valencia. He finished his higher studies with honours and obtained the final degree prize at the Conservatorio Superior de Castellón, with Brenno Ambrosini. He has perfected his skills and received advice from masters of the level of J. Soriano, O. Yablonskaya, F. Clidat, E. Indjic, J. L. Prats, I. Cognolato, L. Angelov, G. Jackson, C. Martínez-Mehner, etc.

He has participated in music festivals and performed concerts and recitals all over the world, premiering works by more than 4 contemporary composers. Since 2018 he has formed a duo (Simant Duo) with the international trumpetist Rubén Simeó, with whom he has recorded a CD, «New Way», which has the endorsement of Maestro Arturo Sandoval. He has also won awards in more than 20 national and international competitions.


With a thirty-three year trajectory in the world of chamber music, Spanish Brass is one of the most dynamic and consolidated groups on the international musical stage. In 1996 the ensemble won First Prize in the Sixth International “Ville de Narbonne” Brass Quintet Competition  (France), considered the most prestigious for this formation. In 2017 Spanish Brass received First Prize in the Bankia Awards for Musical Talent of the Comunitat de Valencia, and in 2019 theyreceived the Espai Ter de Música Award. They have also been awarded with three Carles Santos Awards for their  CD XXX and Mira si hem corregut terres… (2019), Les Aventures de Monsieur Jules(2020) and Spanish Brass (a) LIVE (2021). In 2020 they received the Spanish National Music Award. As well as recording 30 CDs, including 3 double CDs, they have participated in some of the most important festivals in the world. They performed at the gala for the Prince of Asturias Awards in 1995, and have recorded music for the play La Fundación by Buero Vallejo, at the Centro Dramático Nacional, as well as the score for the film Descongélate by Félix Sabroso, produced by El Deseo. Alongside their activities as performers, Spanish Brass organizes two festivals, international in scope, devoted to brass instruments: the Festival Spanish Brass Alzira ( and the Brassurround (, where every year some of the most prestigious international brass soloists, groups and teachers gather. Spanish Brass plays Shires trumpets, Paxman French horn, Shires trombone and Melton tuba; Romera mouthpieces and mutes; and they use the new BlackBinder application. Spanish Brass uses Bags instrument cases. In addition, they receive support from the Institut Valencià de Cultura and the Ministerio de Cultura-INAEM.


Since the mid-19th century, Guadassuar has always had different music bands. In 1939, the musicians who had belonged to the different groups founded the Unió Musical Santa Cecília which, until 1975, was under the direction of Virgilio Beltrán. Between 1981 and 1995, with Joaquín Vidal Pedrós as conductor, they won the first prize in the First Section and the highest score in all sections (1983), second prize in the Special Section B (1985), first prize and honourable mention in the same section (1987, 1990) and second prize in the Honour Section (1994) at the Valencia Music Band Contest. Between 1995 and 2006 under the direction of Francisco Zacarés, they won two second prizes in the Certamen de Altea (1996 and 1999), first prize in the Certamen Nacional de Murcia (2002), first prize in the Certamen Nacional de Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real, 2004) and first prize in the WMF competition in Kerkrade (2005). He has participated in numerous festivals and concerts in several towns in the Valencian Community, Albacete, Catalonia and Madrid, as well as Avignon (France) and Corciano (Italy). In 1980 the School of Music was created, where at present all the instrumental specialities are taught to more than 250 students. It also has an Orchestra, Youth Band, Youth Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir. Since 2006 it has been conducted by Juan Carlos Civera, with whom in 2008 they won first prize in the First Section of the Certamen Internacional Ciudad de Valencia, with the highest score in all categories. In July 2009 they won first prize in the Certamen Villa de Alginet, with a team of young musicians. In July 2010 and 2012 they won second prizes in the Honorary Section of the Certamen Internacional de València.

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