The Wind Orchestra “Città di Cisternino” was born in October 1994 thanks to the initiative of a group of parents who wanted to give to their children and to all the other young men interested in music, the opportunity to employ their free time in a fruitful and educational way.
Maestro Donato Semeraro guides the young musicians with helpfulness, passion and professionalism. He is the professor of horn at the Conservatory in Vibo Valentia; moreover, he graduated in band instrumentation. The pieces arranged or composed by Maestro Donato Semeraro belong not only to the classical and lyrical-symphonic repertoire which is typical of Puglia’s bands, but also to the easy, jazz and films’ genre.
In these years, the Orchestra has performed in various locations of their region giving particular attention to the cultural exchanges at national and international level.
1996 San Marino. 1997 – Castel Gandolfo for Papa Giovanni Paolo II. 1998 in Miskolc (Hungary) and in Kreuzlingen (Switzerland). 1999 – International Festival “Europe Days” of Tiszafured (Hungary) – Competition for bands in Venturina (LI), 2° classified. 2000 International Festival of Zlin (Czech Republic). 2001 tournèe in Greece. 2002 Spain (Andalusia). 2003 Fraunfeld (Switzerland). 2004 Bulgaria. 2005 XIV International Festival “Golden Lyra” a Rybnik (Poland). 2006 tournèe in Israel, in Switzerland, in Germany) and in Czehch Republic. 2007 – XVI Festival “Golden Lyra” in Rybnik (Poland), achieving in a band competition among 10 European Bands a deserved 3° place -1° award in the Concorso Sant’Agata di Puglia , tournèe in Tunisia. 2008 concerts in Hungary , tournèe in Larissa (Greece). 2009 tournèe in the Kos and in Lourdes (France). 2010 Czech Republic International Festival of Zlin. 2011 –Tournèe in Calabria. 2012 Cividale del Friuli e 36° Festival Cortina d’ Ampezzo. 2013 Tournèe in Lituania and Festival in Suchovola (Poland). 2014 Tournèe in Pamiers (France) and Sotto il Monte (BG) for the Santificazione di Papa Giovanni XXIII – 1° premio Concorso “Bande Sonore” in Montemesola. 2015 Tournèe in Carlsbad (Czech Republic) and Munich (Germany). 2016 – Slovenia
President: Vitino Zizzi. Artistic Director: M° Donato Semeraro