1409: Salisbury Waits were instituted in 1409.
From: “The Brass Band Movement” by J F Russell and J H Elliot (1936).
A History of the County of Wiltshire: Volume 6 (1962)
Appointments of lesser city officials were only occasionally recorded. Three minstrels were regularly paid for livery in the 15th century, and were allotted a dwelling place in Rollestone in 1479. Their successors were no doubt the four waits who had silver chains in 1572.
1744: The festival [St. Cecilia’s Day] was held on Thursday, 25th October for the benefit of the Town Musick.
1746: The meeting took place on Thursday, 17th October, the Town Musick again receiving the benefit.
1744: ‘In 1744, the festival was held on Thursday, 25th October, “for the benefit of the Town Musick.”‘
From: An Account of the Musical Celebrations on St. Cecilia’s Day in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, by W H Husk
1744:In 1744 in Salisbury the Festival of St. Cecilia was held on Thursday, 25th October, “for the benefit of the Town Musick.” No notice has been found of any festival in the following year. In 1746, however, the festival was again celebrated, taking place on Thursday, 17th October, and “the Town Musick” again receiving the benefit.
From: “An Account of the musical celebrations on St. Cecilia’s Day in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries” by W H Husk (1857).