conductor Captain Antonella Bona
Founded in 1964, the Army Band is composed of performers who are conservatory graduates and are recruited through a national competition.
It is active for the institutional services and also has a busy concert schedule, having been present in numerous places in Italy and abroad, where it worked in France, Holland, Malta, Belgium, Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Austria, Egypt, Germany and the USA.
In recent years it has been, among other things, guest of the National Verdi Celebrations, the "Feste Musicali" of Bologna, the International Festival of Military Bands of Modena and has participated with other artists including Placido Domingo, in the Gala Concert for Gian Carlo Menotti’s 90th birthday (Spoleto, 2001).
It took part in the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto in the 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005 editions and held the inaugural concert of the 2002 edition. In 2005 it was guest of honor at the international competition "Il Flicorno d’oro"/ the Gold Flugelhorn of Riva del Garda; in 2004 and 2005, invited by the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, it took part in the inaugural evening of "K Festival", triennial Festival dedicated to Mozart, at the Parco della Musica of Rome; in 2006 it was inserted in the program of September Music in Turin and in the symphonic season of the GOG in Genoa.
In 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 it attended Master classes given by conductors who came specially from various American universities in collaboration with the National Band Association of the USA.
It has collaborated with soloists of international fame such as Jacques Mauger and Steven Mead and is the first and still the only Italian military complex to have had "guests conductors", including Daniele Carnevali, Thomas Fraschillo and David Gregory on the podium.
Its repertoire ranges from the celebrative to symphonic opera, with particular predilection for original Band music, deepened in both historical pages and more lively current pieces.
Its performance of the Italian National Anthem, recorded in the version faithful to the original score by Novaro, was chosen and inserted, among the symbols of the Republic, on the internet site of the Quirinale. It has had an active presence in numerous radio-television broadcasts and an intense record production, recently enlarged with the CDs containing the live recordings of concerts from 2001 and 2003 at the "International Festival of Military Bands" in Modena, with the CDs "Cinecittà", "Flumen" and "The Age of Mozart" produced for the Scomegna Editions, the CD "Bella Italia" (soloist Steven Mead) for the Bocchino Editions of London, with the CD "Divagazioni Musicali" published by the Eufonia Editions, and recently with a CD of music by Luigi Zaninelli recorded in a coproduction with the American University of Southern Mississippi and Illinois.
Guided in the past by the Masters Amleto Lacerenza, Marino Bartoloni, Domenico Cavallo (f.f.), and Fulvio Creux, since 2013 the conductor has been Maestro Antonella Bona.