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
The 150+ players in Wantage Silver Band are split in to the following sections:
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 1998
Wantage Silver Band has been making music in Wantage, Oxfordshire and beyond since 1972.
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
Interested in Playing a Brass Instrument?
We can provide an instrument and tuition.
A new Beginners class starts on September 5th at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Wantage. Contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 30th August
White Horse Show - Uffington
Monday, 31st August
White Horse Show - Uffington
Saturday, 5th September
Aldbourne CarnivalMixed Band
Saturday, 19th September
Michaelmas Fair - West Hanney
Sunday, 20th September
Royal Air Force Association Parade'A' Band
Saturday, 3rd October
Joint Concert 'B' Band and Abbey Brass'B' Band
Saturday, 17th October
Annual Concert7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage
Sunday, 25th October
ODBBA Entertainment ContestAcademy Brass
Saturday, 31st October
GRAND MASKED BALLBig Band
Saturday, 7th November
Remembrance Parade East GarstonYouth Brass
Sunday, 8th November
Remembrance Parade - East Hanney'B' Band
Remembrance Parade - Wantage'A' Band
Saturday, 5th December
'A' Band Christmas Concert'A' Band
Wednesday, 9th December
Mayors Carol ConcertMixed Band
Saturday, 12th December
'B' Christmas Concert East Hanney'B' Band