The Madrid Municipal Symphonic Band (BSMM), founded in 1909, is the only artistic ensemble run by Madrid City Council. Its first performance, an initiative of the Count of Peñalver, was in Teatro Español and met with enormous success, as did its subsequent performances at Teatro Real, Paseo de Recoletos and other sites. The musicians responsible for getting the band off the ground were Ricardo Villa and José Garay.
It is classed as a big symphonic band because it is a musical ensemble consisting of wind and percussion instruments which are complemented by bass string instruments. The big symphonic band is the top classification for bands of this sort, due to both the number of musicians and the types of instruments played.
Madrid Destino is responsible for organising, managing and developing the band’s programme, which includes concerts in the National Music Auditorium’s Symphony Hall, Teatro Monumental, the bandstand in El Retiro Park, cultural venues and various sites in the city’s districts.
For more information visit: Official website of the Municipal Symphonic Band.