Buñol is recognized for its robust musical activity, derived from the continuous work of its two musical societies and their educational work with the music schools. Also worthy of notice is the formative activity of the San Rafael Municipal School, with twenty-one teachers and more than 200 students, which completes the source of both music bands and extends its educational network to the whole La Hoya de Buñol region.
The prestigious concert “Mano a Mano” (a Battle of the Bands) is celebrated in mid August (on a Saturday evening) at the Auditorio Municipal. Since 1974, it has put both Musical Societies of Buñol, La Artística and La Armónica, in a one-on-one, healthy, musical rivalry. This is the paramount concert of band music in the Valencian Community each year. On this day, both the spectator and the musician can watch, play, and enjoy, with their training at its full. (Thanks to the summer dates many of the professional musicians in both Symphonic Bands can participate). The “Mano a Mano” concert in Buñol was declared Festivity of International Tourist Interest in 2014.