Mro. Hector H. Dalli
Mro. Hector H. Dalli was born in Żejtun on 18 June 1914, son of Ġużeppi Marija and Evanġelista Mercieca. Along with Hector, they had four other sons. The first musical education received by Hector, along with his brothers, was from his father, who was also a great musician. In fact, Mro Dalli senior was appointed the first conductor of the Żejtun Band Club following the separation form the Għaqda Mużikali Beland. At 9 years of age, Hector Dalli was trained in the flicorno and then changed to the trumpet with the Beland Band Club. He also knew how to play the piano.
Mro. Hector H. Dalli composed a number of symphonies, marches, funeral marches, and several hymns, including the one of this Band Club and also of Saint Lawrence, known as the great one, for choir, tenor and Bass. This hymn was executed for the first time on the eve of the feast of Saint Lawrence celebrated in 1972.
In addition to this Band, he directed other band clubs, including St. Joseph Band Club of Ħamrun, Soċjeta Filamonika Leone Band Club of Victoria, Gozo, Queen’s Own Band Club of Senglea, the Malta Shipyard Band Club, and Band Club of the Movement of Workers, the Malta Labour Party. He led Soċjeta Mużikali Banda Vittoriosana San Lawrenz, during which it also changed the name, for a full 28 years: from 1952 until he died in 1980.
However Hector Dalli furthered his studies and continued training in harmony, compositions, instrumentalisation and direction under Maestro Ġiuseppe Casapinta. Mro Dalli was shortly after appointed Assistant Director at Żejtun Band Club. While in this position, he continued his musical studies and at 25 years he achieved a great success in the Music Theory Examination of the London College of Music where he scored 91 out of 100 and earned the first place to graduate in the A.Mus.LCM. Later on, Mro Dalli was also appointed Maestro of the Beland Band Club of Żejtun.