The Wantage Silver Band is an amateur brass band organisation, based in the small market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire.

WSB Bands 2014 Pictures show :Trainer, Academy, Youth, Concert, "B" Band, "A" Band and the Big Band (Beginners Band to follow).

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 Our practices are held at our new Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage

Band Sections

The 150+ players in Wantage Silver Band are split in to the following sections:

 

The "A" Band
Our Championship Section Band, sometimes referred to just as "The Wantage Band", provides music of the highest standard.
The "B" Band
Is a mix of established players and up-and-coming youngsters in the later stages of their training towards eventual inclusion in the 'A' Band.
Concert Brass
Is a mixed group of all ages, who prefer not to participate in contesting yet are capable of providing concert music at local events.
Youth Band
Involves youngsters who have proved themselves through training, forming a creditable band with a good all-round repertoire of music. 
Saturday  Band(s)   
Include the  "Beginners" and "Advanced Beginners" for those  at early stages of learning to play together, and Trainer Band. The Academy Band also practice.
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and our "Big Band" 

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment

We provide entertainment to local audiences through concerts and open-air events such as summer fetes, and compete in county and national/area contests. Occasionally we travel further afield for contests of particular interest, or for holidays combined with scheduled concert performances.

We also support local Civic events and lead parades for organisations such as Scouts/Guides and the Royal British Legion, for example. On other occasions you may see us involved in carnival processions, while local Churches may call on us to provide accompaniment for hymn singing at special events. We are also available for engagement at private parties and weddings, for example. Wantage Silver Band is a member of the Oxford and District Brass Band Association.

Training

The organisation is very active in providing musical training to the young population of the area (and to adult beginners too!), offering a worthwhile pastime, sometimes leading to a lifetime involvement with music. As new trainees grow in experience, they ensure the future life and resource of the entire Band. We also provide tuition for absolute beginners, young and old.

Contesting

Currently, two of Wantage Silver Band's sections are active on the contesting scene, competing in the London and Southern Counties region. The 'A' Band graduated to the Championship section in 2007, while in 2013 the 'B' Band gained promotion to the 2nd Section, as from January 2014.

History

WSB started as a junior band in 1972 with a few second-hand instruments, following the demise of an earlier organisation. An old photograph, taken in March 1973, shows the growing number of youngsters, some still without instruments, outside Charlton Church Schoolroom. Thankfully the band is now well supplied with good quality instruments, after obtaining a National Lottery award.

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Having been homeless for many years following the demolition of our practice hall, we have raised suffiicient funds and built a new Band Hall on Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage.

 

 

 

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 Massed Band Annual Concert 2012

 

 

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 Saturday practices - suspended during carolling.  Re-starting on 10th January, 2015.

"A" Band - The National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall

About Us

Wantage Silver Band has been making music in Wantage, Oxfordshire and beyond since 1972.

Our 'A' Band competes in the prestigious Championship Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and having won the Regionals recently competed at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall gaining 10th place. They are now placed 52nd in the world.  Our 'B' Band was promoted to Second Section this year and competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September gaining an 8th place.  Our Academy Brass competed for the first time in Fourth Section this year. To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.

Hire a Band

Are you holding an event, party or perhaps a wedding?  It's easy to hire one of our marvellous Brass Bands and don't forget we have a fantastic swing Big Band also available for all occasions.  For more information click here)   

  "I went to a wedding recently where the Wantage Silver Band were  playing....... I would thoroughly recommend hiring them for your next event!" Kate, Oxford                     

Want to play a Brass Instrument? We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

 Please visit our Support the Band page to see how you can help with our fundraising.

 We are very grateful for the kind support of our Sponsors 

Perhaps you would like to become a Patron or a Sponsor, if you are interested please click here for more information.

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Forthcoming Events

Wednesday, 24th December  

  • Waitrose Wallingford Street, Wantage
    (Mixed Band)

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