Music director

Nélio de Freitas Silva

Nélio de Freitas Silva, born on 28 August 1971 in Câmara de Lobos, began his musical career in 1983 in the Banda Recreio Camponês School of Music and the Academia de Música da Madeira (now the Conservatório) studying the clarinet.

In 1989, he enlisted in the army as a volunteer, through which he became involved with the Banda Militar da Madeira. In 1990 he joined the Banda Sinfónica do Exército as a student enrolling on the training course for Band Sergeants.

On successful completion of the course, he rejoined the personnel at Banda Militar da Madeira in 1992, this time as 1st Band Sergeant.

In 1998, he was appointed as Deputy Head of the Banda Recreio Camponês and teacher of music, and went on to lead the band in the year 2000 following the departure of Chief Sergeant Quintal.

In 2003 he successfully completed a course for promotion to Assistant Sergeant.

In 2007, he was invited by the Associação de Bandas da Madeira to run two concerts with the Orquestra de Sopros da Associação de bandas.