Salisbury Concert Band is absolutely delighted to be the proud owners of a contra bass clarinet thanks to a generous grant of £3000 awarded by the Salisbury Area Board of Wiltshire Council.

From time to time our repertoire calls for unusual instruments that we wouldn't expect our members to have tucked away at home. The solution is for us to buy the instrument concerned and loan it to a band member who will play it for a few terms and then pass it on to another member. Contra bass clarinets are rare and expensive instruments and last autumn we decided to apply to the Salisbury Area Board for a grant to help us purchase one. We were thrilled when we heard that the Board had decided to grant us £3000 to help us buy our new instrument and by combining some of our own funds with the grant meant that we were able to place our order straight away. We had to wait several weeks for delivery of the instrument though, as each one is built by hand to order.
We were fortunate that we received it in time for our spring concert in Salisbury which was followed a few weeks later by a repeat of the same concert in the Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the Salisbury Area Board for their generous support of the Band.

Some news from the archives!

Salisbury Journal
13th April 2006
Jill's passionate about bass drum

Salisbury Journal
13 July 2006
Trumpet player, age 74, joins community band

Salisbury Journal
31 May 2007
Band puts out a call for members