Mro. Paċifico Scicluna
Mro. Paċifico Scicluna was born in Bormla on 14th August 1876. After a few months, his family moved to Birgu, where Mro Scicluna was raised and lived till he died. He began his musical studies at the age of 9 with the Union Band Club of Ħal-Luqa and made his first appearance as a percussionist with the same band. Following this, he also learned the clarinet and further his studies with Maestros Ignazio Catania, Abela, Ricci, Doncich and Grech.
In 1903, at 27 years, Mro Scicluna was appointed musical director of the Soċjeta Filarmonika Maria Mater Gratiae band club of Ħaż-Żabbar. With this band club, Mro Scicluna was band conductor for 4 times and remained conductor for a total of 29 years, till his retirement in 1951. In August of 1906, Mro Scicluna was also appointed musical director of the Prince of Wales Own Band of Vittoriosa, where he lasted till February 1914. Mro Scicluna was also director of the Każin San Ġiużepp, Banda De Rohan band club of Iż-Żejtun, Għaqda Mużikali Melita (Saint Joseph of Msida), La Victoria Band Club of Mellieħa and for many years the Duke of Edinburgh, the main band club of Vittoriosa. Soċjeta Filamonika San Lawrenz.
For some time, he was also employed as bandmaster with the British Naval Fleet. On some occasions, Mro Scicluna was invited to be the director of the Soċjeta Filamonika San Ġorġ of Bormla, Union Band Club of Ħal-Luqa and King’s Own Band Club of Valletta. He was also director of small Orchestras in Senglea in 1907, an orchestra of the Prince of Wales Own Band in 1909 and another one which began in 1904. Mro Scicluna taught music to a great number of youths and with these youths he had formed a youth band in the Duke of Edinburgh Band Club.
Mro Scicluna left a great number of various compositions, such as waltzes, symphonies, marches and hymns. Among these, one can note the Salve Maria Salve of Żabbar, which is know as the Ave Maria with the fanfare, Inno all’Assunta found in Ħad-Dingli and Inno a San Domenico. Mro Artz admired Mro Scicluna and apart from leaving a certificate in writing, which is still conserved at the club, when he arrived in Malta and saw Mro Scicluna directing the band, he had exclaimed: “Why there was the need of bringing me in when you already have a great one here?”.
Mro. Scicluna also left memoirs, which unfortunately have now been lost, as regards the re-formation of this band club in 1883. Mro Scicluna died aged 81 years in Vittoriosa, on 20 September 1957.