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).






 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.


and our "Big Band" 







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.








 Massed Band Annual Concert 2012



Picture shows our membership in 1998massed_band.jpg


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 2014 competed at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals.   Our 'B' Band promoted to Second Section in 2014, competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September 2014. In March 2015 they  won promotion to First Section as of January 2016.    Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are in Fourth Section.  To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth 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         


Looking for a Christmas present :

B Band's amazing new CD - Classical Favourites - is now available  contact for more information.


Interested in Playing a Brass Instrument?

We can provide an instrument and tuition.

A new Beginners class started on September 5th at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Wantage, but there is room for more.    Contact Eileen at

Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 29th November

  • Milton Keynes Contest
    'B' Band

Monday, 30th November

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Larkdown / Springfield Road, Wantage

Tuesday, 1st December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Witan Way, Wantage

Wednesday, 2nd December

  • Street Carolling
    7:00pm at Witan Way, Wantage

Thursday, 3rd December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Mably Way / Roman Way Wantage
  • Faringdon Shopping Evening
    Mixed Band

Friday, 4th December

  • Dickensian Evening, Wantage
    Mixed Band
    6:00pm at Market Square, Wantage and supermarkets

Saturday, 5th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    at 09.30 - 12.30 Wantage Town
  • 'A' Band Christmas Concert
    'A' Band
    7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

Sunday, 6th December

  • Steventon Christmas Lights
    Mixed Band
    at 6pm - Village Hall

Tuesday, 8th December

  • Street Carolling - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Naldertown / Priory Orchard / Ham Road / Greenacres Drive

Wednesday, 9th December

  • Mayors Carol Concert
    Mixed Band
    10:30am at Wantage Parish Church

Thursday, 10th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Heights West / Barnards Way, Wantage

Saturday, 12th December

  • Supermarket carols - Sainsburys Didcot
    Mixed Band
  • East Hanney Royal British Legion B Band Christmas Concert
    'B' Band
    7:30pm at East Hanney British Legion £5 on the door

Sunday, 13th December

  • Celebrate Christmas with Concert Brass and a great Supper
    Concert Brass
    7:00pm to 10:00pm at East Challow Village Hall

Monday, 14th December

  • Supermarket Carols - Sainsburys Wantage
    Mixed Band
  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Village
  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Warmans Close, Lydsee Gate and Segsbury

Tuesday, 15th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Garston Lane / Foliat Drive Wantage

Wednesday, 16th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Ormond Road / Orchard Way Wantage

Thursday, 17th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chain Hill Wantage

Tuesday, 22nd December

  • Christmas Tree Service
    Mixed Band
    6:45pm at Grove

Thursday, 24th December

  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    10:00am at Waitrose Wallingford Street Wantage
  • Mayors Carols
    Mixed Band
    6:30pm at Victoria Cross Gallery,Market Square, Wantage

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