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The third main performance of the XIV International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” took place on Red Square. Every evening since August 27, the bright performances of the participants of the Festival from Russia, Belarus, Greece, Mexico and Qatar continue to charge the audience with positive emotions.

The Military Band of the Mexican Ministry of Defense was presented today. He is no stranger to the Spasskaya Tower Festival. Russian viewers had the pleasure of seeing him perform in 2015. Then the collective was called the Exemplary Orchestra of the Armed Forces of Mexico.

Its history begins in 1889, when the Orchestra of the Supreme Power was created at the initiative of the President of the country, General Porfirio Diaz. Subsequently, it changed its name more than once.

In 2015, as a result of the transformations, the Model Orchestra of the Armed Forces was created, in which musicians from three branches of the military were united: the Ground Forces, the Air Force and the Navy.

The collective has repeatedly become a participant in various international festivals and forums. The musicians performed at the International Military Music Festival in Saumur (France) and the Tattoo Militar Chile in Santiago (Chile).

The head of the orchestra, Captain 1st Rank Israel Jimenas Segovia, said that before the performance at the Spasskaya Tower in 2015, the Exemplary Orchestra of the Mexican Armed Forces performed music only statically, and in Moscow we had to make a defile: “It was a novelty for us, we liked , and since then, more and more often at our performances we perform music in motion ”. According to Israel Jimenas Segovia, the orchestra has been updated by 60% compared to the 2015 line-up, and the dance group has grown significantly. In 2015, two couples performed, this year – 17 dancers. “And it turned out to be a disaster for us,” the orchestra leader admitted. “More people, more rehearsals.”

The military band of the Mexican Ministry of Defense takes to Red Square to the Mariachi song “Guadalajara”, written by Pepe Guisar in honor of his hometown, the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco. “Guadalajara, you are the soul of the fields, you smell like a spring rose, clean, wet earth after rain,” the soloists sing. And immediately dancers in national costumes run out onto the paving stones, men in black charros with silver trim and sombreros, women in bright colorful blouses and the same wide long skirts. Continuously defiling, the orchestra plays national melodies, dancers whirl. One melody passes into another (“Zacatecas”, composer Genaro Codina, “Huapango”, composer Jose Pablo Moncayo, “El Fronteriso”, composer Omero Guerrero) – and now on the square dancers in different, more modern clothes, and shorter skirts … The orchestra and soloists finish the performance with the song “Long live Mexico!”, Which the musicians traditionally perform on September 16, Mexico’s Independence Day. This song is a girl’s declaration of love for her homeland.

The third performance of the Festival ended with a grandiose fireworks display over Red Square.

Among the honorary guests in the stands on that day were the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Russian Federation, His Excellency Mr. orchestra of bagpipes and drums, multiple participant of the Spasskaya Tower Festival David Johnston, head of the Qatar police delegation, adviser to the Minister of the Interior, Major General, Dr. Abdullah Al-Mal. All participants of the Festival were greeted by the head of the Moscow Military Music School named after Lieutenant General Valery Mikhailovich Khalilov, Honored Artist of Russia, Colonel Alexander Petrovich Gerasimov.

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