Thanks to the work of Pascual Segura, we now know that the Society Union Musical of Bigastro dates back to 1918.
He found a piece of paper that that had been used to reinforce an old music score. Carefully removing the glued on paper revealed a shield with an annotation in pen.
Study of the handwriting showed that it belonged to Francisco Murcia who was director of the band between 1918 and 1935. Further investigation confirmed that, what Pascual had found, was the first known shield of the SUMB.
The discovery means that the Society Union Musical Bigastro will be celebrating its centenary next year. We can expect a series of special events to commemorate this milestone.