The Concert Band

Salisbury Concert Band was formed in 2005 following a plea by Musical Director Chris Holmes for musicians to come together and make music under the band’s original name of Salisbury Community Band. The band, which changed it’s name in 2012, proved to be very popular and membership quickly grew to around 65 players.

The Band plays a range of music from the classics, shows and windband repertoire and whilst the aim of the band is to play to a high standard, it is also to have fun. It provides a long needed opportunity for those people, no longer at school, who have reached a good standard of playing at some time in their lives but now have nowhere to play. The band plays at least three concerts each year and in 2010, members were invited to participate in a music festival in Sweden with their hosts making a reciprocal visit to Salisbury in 2011.

Prospective members should be over 18 and have attained at least Grade 5 level, even if many years ago. Don’t worry, no exams need to have been passed and there is no audition. Anyone interested in joining the band is invited to call in at any rehearsal and see what's going on. Please see the Members page for more details.



Second Wind

The 65 strong Salisbury Concert Band proved to be very popular and in 2008 a second band was formed to cater for the influx of musicians. Membership of both bands currently stands at around 90. Like the Concert Band, Second Wind plays at least three concerts each year and both bands try to support local charities whenever they can.

Second Wind is open to any woodwind, brass or percussion player over 18 and whilst the Concert Band continues to play demanding and challenging music, the new group plays music more suited to less experienced musicians. The rehearsals run every Wednesday evening of term time, from 6.15pm. They last for an hour, finishing just before the Concert Band meets and Chris promises any new member a fun time.

For further information contact us (see the Contact page) or call in at a rehearsal at St. Martin's Primary School, Shady Bower, Salisbury, SP1 2RE.


Chris Holmes - Conductor

Chris studied trumpet and composition at the Royal College of Music and then lived and worked in London for twenty years as a teacher and trumpet player.

He moved to Salisbury in 1987 to set up Salisbury Area Young Musicians and lead the local peripatetic team. Salisbury Area Young Musicians (SAYM) now has over four hundred members involved in bands, orchestras, ensembles and choirs.

Chris retired in early 2005 and realising that there was nowhere in Salisbury for adults to play wind band music, decided to form a band. He had no idea what to expect at the first rehearsal and was thrilled when about 50 nervous people turned up clutching their instruments. The band has gone from strength to strength and now has 90 members, aged eighteen to eighty, including a number of ex-SAYM members.