The Salem Band

Eileen Young | Bass Clarinet

Salem Band, Winston-Salem
This summer, we’re blogging about WSS musicians’ summer activities … while we perform together as an orchestra from September to May, we don’t just take a breather over the summer! There are many who stay in and around Winston-Salem, and there are those who travel to bring their music to audiences throughout the country and around the world. We’ll check in from time to time to see how things are going.

Our next installment features WSS Bass Clarinetist, Eileen Young. Eileen has been our bass clarinetist since 1991, and held the bass clarinet chair with the North Carolina Symphony from 1996-2000. You’ll be able to hear her featured at least twice this coming season: there are famous bass clarinet solos in Strauss’ Don Quixote and in Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Since 2011, Eileen has been music director of the Salem Band, an all-volunteer community concert band. The Salem Band is the longest-running ensemble of its kind, dating back to 1771 as the town band of the Moravian settlement at Salem. The 21st and 26th North Carolina Regimental Bands were culled from its ranks during the Civil War.

The Salem Band presents several free concerts per season to the Winston-Salem community, including their Holiday Concert at Salemtowne Retirement Community and their summer concerts in Salem Square. There are still two opportunities to see the Salem Band outdoors this summer, on August 6 and August 20.

Eileen says:

I never planned to become a community band director, but I am enjoying Salem Band very much. Growing up in central Pennsylvania (an area rife with top-notch bands), my involvement in community bands is partly what inspired me to pursue music as a clarinetist. Since starting as Music Director of the Salem Band in September 2011, I am very pleased with how much the band has improved as a musical ensemble and how much the organization has grown. Our 56 musicians, our dedicated Board of Directors, and our new Swing Band members are a joy to work with. This organization is committed to its role in this community, serving members and audience alike – people from all walks of life, all ages and varied abilities. Directing the band during the summer and performing during concert season as Bass Clarinetist in the Winston-Salem Symphony are constant reminders of how lucky I am to live and work in the City of Arts and Innovation.

Photos from the Field

Eileen Young conducts the Salem Band
Eileen Young conducts the Salem Band

Salem Band clarinets
The clarinet (and bass clarinet!) section

The Salem Band at an outdoor concert
Eileen conducts the band in a performance on the Square at Old Salem.


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