The Wantage Band - Championship Section

Even from the early days of the WSB we have had a very promising 'A' Band . From first contests in the Oxford & District Brass Band Association, they registered as a 4th Section Band, and have worked through the sections 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st to the dizzy height of the Championship Section.

Players have come and gone – but some have remained to become the backbone of The Wantage Band.
The present mix of youngsters and experienced players works well, bonded together by the enjoyment of playing good music to a high standard.


The Wantage Band's Achievement at the National Finals at The Royal Albert Hall

It’s every band’s dream to get to the Championship finals and play on the same stage as the world’s top brass bands – and Wantage "A" Band with their conductor Phil Bailey made it. 

Having won the Championship Section at the Regionals on Sunday 16th March 2014, the "A" Band competed in the Championships at the Royal Albert Hall on 11th October 2014.  They gained a fabulous 10th place out of 20 Bands.  A proud moment for us all. 


NEWS  - We are really sad to announce Phil's departure from the Band after ten very busy years, as he has decided to take a wonderful opportunity to work in China. 

Our new A Band conductor will be joining us very shortly.




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

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 17th October

  • Annual Concert
    7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

Sunday, 25th October

  • ODBBA Entertainment Contest
    Academy Brass
    at Marlborough School, Woodstock OX20 1LP

Saturday, 31st October

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

Saturday, 7th November

  • Remembrance Parade East Garston
    Youth Brass

Sunday, 8th November

  • Remembrance Parade - East Hanney
    'B' Band
    10:30am at British Legion Hall East Hanney marching to West Hanney Church with Service and Last Post
  • Remembrance Parade - Wantage
    'A' Band
    10:45am at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

Saturday, 5th December

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

Wednesday, 9th December

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

Saturday, 12th December

  • 'B' Christmas Concert East Hanney
    'B' Band
    7:30pm at British Legion Hall - East Hanney

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