YEAR OF FOUNDATION: 1866
PRESENT NAME: Bando Marroquí
POPULAR NAME OR REMOQUETE: “Drag them to you”.
PREVIOUS NAMES: Possible first official name: “Morocco”. First cial name ofi known: “Bando de Marroquíes of the Rif”. “Also Moroccan”, “Moroccans of the Rif”, etc.
HEAD OFFICE: Ferriz, Number. 8-10.
TELEPHONE: 96 580 01 34.
OFFICIAL BAND: Musical grouping “Santa Barbara” of Bolbaite. Official from 1964.
OWN MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS:
“Morocco”. Pasodoble of Valencian the D. Rafael Martínez Coll. Year 1957; “Morocco de Villena”. Arab march of D. Manuel Carrascosa García. Year 1978.
COMPOSITIONS OF SQUARES, GROUPS OR PARTNERS OF THE PUPPET:
“Desfi landau Morocco”. Marcha Militar de Tomás Baenas Martínez. Year 2001; “Selam Tuareg”. Marcha Mora de José Teruel Vidal for Escuadra de Tuareg. Year 1992; “The Carajillo”. Pasodoble de Tomás Baenas Martínez, dedicated to Juan J. Muñoz Valdés. Year 1999; “Bedouin”. Arab march of D.M. Castelló for the square of Bedouins. Year 1998; “Esperanza Marroquí”. Pasodoble de Tomás Baenas Martínez dedicated to the Puppet. Year 2007; “Almorávides de Villena”. Marcha Mora de Damián Molina Beneyto for Escuadra de Almorávides. Year 2002. This year Escuadra fulfills its weddings of
Tuareg. Year 1968 – 40 Anniversary –; Abencerrajes. Year 1980; Almorávides. Year 1983 – 25 Anniversary; Bedouins. Year 1991; and Zainabs. Year 1991.
A LITTLE HISTORY
According to the oral tradition, the Puppet “Bando Marroquí” was based on Villena in 1866. The first written data known date of today that guarantees its existence in Century XIX, is of 1877 and is damascening in an arquebus. The legend does not leave place to doubts: “VILLENA. PUPPET OF MOROCCO. 1877”.
On the other hand and thanks to our brother Puppet of the “Marrocs” of Bocairent, we know that “Morocco” of Villena already existed in 1867, because those of Bocairent went out for the first time in 1868, after to have inspired by the Villenenses due to a trip that years before (between 1860-1867), several friendly to Villena in Celebrations did. We have to remember that all the denominated old Puppets of Morocco, Moroccans or similar, are all later to 1860, year in which finishes the Spanish Campaign (1859-1860) in that North African country.
The Puppets of Century XIX thus denominated or similarly, are all direct consequence of that War. We have founded suspicions that Puppet of Morocco de Villena was first thus denominated, although until the investigation does not finish that we took in course, we cannot demonstrate it scientifically. The first Oficial name was “Bando de Marroquíes of the Riff”, denominating at the moment “Bando Marroquí”, although for whole Villena we are “Morocco”.