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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General practices stop after Saturday 26 November and resume on Saturday 7th January 2017.  We will be carolling in the streets, villages and supermarkets during December.

About Us

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

Our Wantage Band is in the prestigious Championship Section and in October 2016 will compete at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals, their second visit in 2 years.   Our 'B' Band in March 2015 won promotion to First Section as of January 2016 having been promoted to Second Section in 2014.   Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are in Fourth Section.  To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.

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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         

B Band's amazing  CD - Classical Favourites - is  available  contact secretary@wantageband.org for more information.

 

Interested in Playing a Brass Instrument?

We can provide an instrument and tuition.

Beginners classes are held on Saturday mornings at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday, 6th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Elizabeth Drive, Wantage

Wednesday, 7th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Village West

Thursday, 8th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Heights East, Wantage

Friday, 9th December

  • Academy Christmas Concert

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    Academy Brass
    8:00pm at Letcombe Regis Village Hall

Saturday, 10th December

  • The Wantage Band Christmas Concert with guests The Berkshire Maestros Newbury Youth Choir

    'A' Band
    7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

Sunday, 11th December

  • Village Carols - West Hendred - 10.30 - 12.30
    Mixed Band
    at West Hendred

Monday, 12th December

  • Street Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Warmans Close and Segsbury

Thursday, 15th December

  • Village Carols - Chilton, Didcot
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chilton Field Way, Chilton
  • Street Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Garston Lane, Foliat Drive

Friday, 16th December

  • Village Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Stanford in the Vale

Saturday, 17th December

  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    9:30am at Tesco Stores - Abingdon

Sunday, 18th December

  • Village Carols
    Mixed Band
    10:30am at Childrey 10:30 - 12:30
  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    11:00am at Kings Walk, Wantage

Tuesday, 20th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chain Hill and St Gabriels

Wednesday, 21st December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Orchard Way

Thursday, 22nd December

  • Milletts Farm Carols
    Mixed Band
    11:00am at Kingston Bagpuize

Saturday, 24th December

  • Street Carols
    9:15am at Naldertown, Priory Orchard, Ham Road, Greenacres Drive
  • Supermarket Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    9:30am at o/s Waitrose, Wallingford Street
  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    9:45am at Roman Way, Letcombe Fields
  • Supermarket Carols - Didcot
    Mixed Band
    10:00am at Entrance Foyer Sainsburys Didcot

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 We are very grateful for the kind support of our Sponsors 

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