Performers & Presenters



BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT D. SALISBURY

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 10 and theatre organ at age 13, studying with Gaylord Carter.  This began a 45 year relationship as friend and instructor.   

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

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

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 that films may be preserved and enjoyed by future audiences. 

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

Bob’s silent movie performances include:

Astoria, Oregon Music Festival
Orpheum Theater San Gabriel Mission Theater
Ebell Theater Pasadena Civic Auditorium
California Theater, San Bernardino Sierra Theater Organ Society, Sacramento
Valley Organ Club San Diego Theater Organ Society
Mission Inn, Riverside   Orange County Theater Organ Society, Fullerton
Community Arts Theater Society (CATS) in Big Bear Lake
The CBS television series “Touched by An Angel”
University of Redlands                        Various churches throughout California
The Directors’ Guild of America         Barnum Hall, Santa Monica
Museum of Making Music Rodgers Instrument’s, Hillsboro, Or
Emerald Heights, Seattle, WA             Astoria Music Festival, Or

His favorite program is always the one he does next!