Massed Band Annual Concert 2012
Massed Band Annual Concert 2011
The Wantage Silver Band is an amateur brass band organisation, based in the small market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire.
Our practices are held at our new Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage
Picture shows our membership in 1998
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.
- There is often a group of adult beginners too, who tend to coordinate their activities with the young players.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will be competing at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall. Our 'B' Band is in Second Section and will be competing at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September, having been awarded 2nd place at the Regionals, whilst 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.
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"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
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Saturday, 26th April
Rotary Concert7:30pm - 10:00pm at Civic Centre, Portway, Wantage. Tickets from Brett's the Chemist, Grove; Dolphin Art, Wantage; Regent Arcade Bookshop, Wantage(Youth Brass)
Saturday, 10th May
Concert Brass Supper Concert7:30pm at East Challow Village Hall(Concert Brass)
Sunday, 25th May
Rogation Service(Concert Brass)
Friday, 13th June
Whit Friday, Saddleworth - Parade and Contests9:00am at Greenfield(Mixed Band)
Sunday, 15th June
Stanford in the Vale Festival and Service('B' Band)
Sunday, 29th June
Tugwell Field Concert and BBQ12:30pm at Tugwell Field Concert('B' Band)
Saturday, 5th July
Charney Bassett Fete(Concert Brass)
Wantage Summer Festival Concert7:30pm at Civic Hall, Portway, Wantage('A' Band)
Saturday, 12th July
Witney Carnival(Mixed Band)
Sunday, 10th August
Concert at Parade Gardens Bandstand, Bath(Concert Brass)
Saturday, 6th September
Aldebourne Carnival(Mixed Band)
Saturday, 20th September - Sunday, 21st September
Nationals Brass Band Finals - Sections 1,2,3 & 4 Cheltenhamat Racecourse Conference centre('B' Band)
Saturday, 27th September
Joint Concert with Abbey Brass7:30pm at Yolande Patterson Hall, Abingdon('B' Band)
Saturday, 11th October
National Finals ( Championship Section) Royal Albert Hallat Royal Albert Hall('A' Band)