The Windsor Banjos was organized back in 1981 by a handful of local banjo players who wanted to do more than just sit in once and while with visiting Dixieland bands. The band has been rehearsing and performing on a continuous basis ever since and features both melody and rhythm banjo players along with piano, guitar, trumpet, tuba, banjo uke, mandolins and mandolin-banjos.
We regularly entertain at local and county functions, including festivals, fund raisers and civic celebrations. We also perform at private or corporate parties, retirement facilities or any special events. The band is made up of men and women from all walks of life who are dedicated to the preservation and encouragement of the banjo, North America’s only native instrument and to keeping the golden age of the banjo alive. Although Windsor Banjos receives honorariums for performing, none of the members are paid to perform. Rather, each musician plays for free and for the love of the music. Any monies received are used by the band for expenses such as rental facilities, outfit replacements, sound equipment and periodically, travel expenses. Our primary reward is to see the smiles on our audiences' faces and the enjoyment they receive in singing along to many of the songs we perform. The Club always welcomes new members from outright beginners to seasoned professionals, so, if you love banjos, happy music and fun, please stop by, take a look, and listen.
Eric Mainwaring is a musician, vocalist, comedian and an avid cyclist having once undertaken a 3,000 mile bicycle jaunt through Europe and the Mediterranean. Even now at 80, he still rides with a local bicycle club. After serving with the British military, Eric began a musical career playing in jazz bands, dance orchestras and brass ensembles. He’s rubbed elbows with such show-biz personalities as Louis Armstrong, Paul Anka, Dionne Warwick, and the Osmonds just to name a few. Although involved as MC with Windsor Banjos’ shows over the past 32 years, it wasn’t until he retired from his “day job” that he was able to devote much of his leisure time to the WB band. We’re certainly happy to have Eric and his musical talents lead our little band of merry men and of course women.