What About Bob?

Bob Salisbury first exhibited his interest in music at the age of 7 when he began piano lessons in Los Angeles. He moved on to organ lessons at the age of 10 and theatre organ at age 13, studying with Gaylord Carter, the world's greatest silent film organist at the time. This began a 45 year relationship as friend and instructor.

In his home town of Avalon, California on Catalina Island, Bob played the Page Theatre Pipe Organ on a nightly basis before the movie. He also played organ for all 3 churches on Catalina Island.

Bob and his wife Mary have now semi-retired to La Quinta, California. Bob continues to play silent movies and concerts and is organist/choir director for the Congregational United Church of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.

Bob feels that silent films are the basis for today's film industry and his mission is to teach the proper technique for silent film accompaniment so the films may be preserved and enjoyed by future audiences

Bob was honored by the American Theatre Organ Society with a national award at the convention in 2010.

His favorite program is always the one he does next!