Nélio 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.


João Heliodoro

Born in Câmara de Lobos in 1979, he started training in music from the age of 11, studying the trumpet with the Banda Recreio Camponês and the conductor Quintal.

A year later, he joined the Conservatório de Música da Madeira (now the Conservatório - Escola das Artes), learning the trumpet with tutors Rosa and Peter Vig and the violin with Zita Gomes.

In 2001, he went into the Banda Militar da Madeira as a volunteer, by now he was playing the bombardon (bass tuba). He was also part of the tuba quartet.

Whilst at the Conservatório, he went up to Grade 5 in bombardon with the teacher Aquilino D. Silva and he was member of the Orquestra de Sopros do Conservatório.

He attended a Master Class in tuba/bombardon with tuba player Sergio Carolino, and a Master Class in Band Conducting directed by the conductor José Brito.

In 2005, he enrolled on the 34th Curso de Formação de Sargentos - serviço de Músicos, which he successfully completed in 2007. He had bombardon lessons with the teacher Reinaldo Guerreiro. After the course, he was placed in the Banda Militar da Madeira.

He has been deputy Bandmaster and Teacher of Music for BRC since 2001. From 2005 to 2007 he was replaced by musician
Juvenal Dantas.


Sílvia Patrícia Rodrigues de Jesus


Fabien Serge Pinto Gonçalves Felipe


- Paulo Jorge da Silva Moura