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Big bands to help Puerto’s Municipal School of Music to mark 20 years 

The Municipal School of Music of Puerto de la Cruz is celebrating 20 years.

To this end, it has organised a broad programme of activities that started on November 15th and end on December 7th. The first Inter-national Percussion Festival, the Big Bands Meeting of the Canary Islands, as well as several concerts and master classes will give shape to this 20th anniversary of the municipal entity.

Puerto council hosted the presentation of the comme-morative events in the pre-sence of the Mayor, Lope Afonso; councillor Diana Mora; director of the School of Music, Jesús Izquierdo; director of the I International Percussion Festival, Javier Rodríguez; and the director of the School of Modern Music of the Canary Islands, Oliver Martin.

 ”It is an important occasion for the municipal entity, un-doubtedly a milestone in the trajectory of municipal ser-vices and especially as it is a reference at island level for its quality, continuity and importance for its formation of the young and not so young in our municipality, “said Lope Afonso, who stressed the value of the” great social benefit “that the entity provides.

Diana Mora agreed with the Mayor in assessing the im-portance of these 20 years of history of the music school, on dates that “have not been selected at random because we have made them coincide around the November 22nd, the day of Santa Cecilia, patron of music and musicians. ” She said that the municipal school” has been one of the govern-ment responsibilities that has given more satisfaction to the Government Group. An exam-ple of constancy that today is in good health and we wanted to celebrate it in style.”

For his part, director of the Municipal School of Music, Jesus Izquierdo, thanked Puerto for its effort “for the thrust we have received during these years of trajectory, which has been fundamental to get out of the small crisis suffered”, and invited all citizens and the educational community to celebrate the 20th Anniversary in the Grand Gala to be held in the Andromeda Hall on November 23, at 7pm.

The director of the School of Modern Music of the Canary Islands, Oliver Martin, was in charge of presenting the first ‘Meeting of Big Bands of the Canary Islands’ which aims to “alleviate the scarcity of performances offered to these musical formations in order to have a bi-annual appoint-ment with the general public.”

Each appointment will have a training of a duration of two hours. After each, in the afternoon, a concert will be offered. In Puerto de la Cruz, it will be on December 7, in the surroundings of the Plaza del Charco, and the training will be held at the headquarters of the School of Music, announced Oliver Martin.

In addition, meetings will be held in Fuerteventura, on December 1, in Tuineje; Lanzarote, on December 15 (Arrecife); Gran Canaria, on December 22 (La Aldea de San Nicolás); and on December 29, back to Tene-rife, in El Médano.