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Salisbury City Band of the Royal British Legion
10:56am Wednesday 27th June 2012 in Community news
SINCE our second concert in St Martin’s Church the band has taken on a variety of engagements under the musical direction of Roger Allsopp. The most daunting was in the cathedral for the memorial service of Lt Col Woolnough.
The band has continued to be supported by both the outgoing and incoming mayors – cllr John Abbott and cllr John Collier. We have thoroughly enjoyed playing for several mayoral events. We are very grateful for the start up grants we have received from Salisbury City Council and Wiltshire Council.
The Jubilee weekend began for the band on Saturday morning with the Salisbury Royal British Legion Jubilee service at the war memorial. In the afternoon, ten members of the band played on the back of a lorry at Downton carnival. On Monday, we opened the Salisbury Jubilee celebrations with the Wiltshire Police Band under the baton of Paul Holland.
The weekend celebrations culminated in a Massed Bands Concert in City Hall. Roger was joined by Calum Gray in conducting the massed bands and Kate Price conducted the choir. The evening was compered by David Hayward. Both Kate and David kindly agreed to take on these two roles at 48 hours notice due to illness.
The band will be playing again in Salisbury for Armed Forces Day and a private engagement on July 8. On the afternoon of July 22 the band will be playing in Queen Elizabeth Gardens. A recruitment campaign for brass players is currently underway. Prospective players can call 01722 331163 to find out more. Non-playing supporters would also be welcome.