Musical organizations have existed through all of the years of corporate
existence of the Salisbury area. Records of earlier bands are non existent
but it is believed that there has always been musical groups on the area.
It is known that immediately after the Civil War, a fife and drum corps
flourished for a time, but the date of its demise is not know. There was a
drum and bugle corps from 1928 through 1933.
A band was organized, possibly as early as 1872. M. F. Statler joined this
band at the age of ten. There were no instructors of instrumental music
outside the early bands. When a person wanted to join he was given an
instrument and the older players served as teachers. William Lambert and
Charles Walker were two early leaders. Tradition has it that Salisbury
Bands never failed to give a pleasing performance. The last of these bands
was the Salisbury Cornet Band with H. H. Statler as the leader. This band
remained intact until about 1936, just prior to the beginning of
instrumental instruction in the school.
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