Friday, January 25, 2008


Francisco Grau was the first Colonel of Music and is now, following the publication of the Boletín Oficial del Ministerio de Defensa, the first General of Music in the Spanish army.

Francisco Grau Vegara (born in Bigastro, Alicante in 1947). He is the author of more than 700 works and since the 12th October 1997 has been the official author of the Spanish National Anthem (previously Marcha Granadera).

He is also a member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, the Real Academia de la Virgen de la Arrixaca in Murcia and the Academia de San Carlos in Valencia.

Since 1988, he has been the director of music for the Spanish Royal Guard.

The City Council of Bigastro, on behalf of the the whole town offer their hearty congratulations to Francisco Grau Vegara on achieving this well deserved honour

(Jose Joaquin Moya - Mayor of Bigastro)

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