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The band leads the mayoral procession.
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The band plays for the new Mayor of Salisbury
On Saturday 4th June Councillor Patrick Paisey was elected to be the 745th Mayor of New Sarum, better known today as Salisbury. For this event he requested that a Salvation Army band would head the procession to the 13th century church of Thomas à Becket, where he was to be installed in this high office. The Salvation Army Southern Area Fellowship band fulfilled this request and also played during the ceremony in the church.

In accepting the office of Mayor, Patrick Paisey recalled his Army service as an officer and later as the bandmaster of the Salisbury Corps. In more recent years the Mayor has been a reader in his local church but has been keen to maintain links with the Army.

Later in the day, the band and guests gave a concert in the city′s Guildhall in support of the Mayor′s charity appeal. The band entertained the capacity audience with a mixture of music by Army and classical composers. Violin solos and duets were played by Kenneth and Marilyn Kilgour (Basingstoke) and Patricia Downie (Winchester) was accompanied by her husband, Kenneth as she entertained and challenged with vocal solos.

A highlight of the evening was when bandmaster Brian Cooper handed the baton to the Mayor for him to conduct the band as it played Meyerbeer′s Coronation March.