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 have 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.
Conductor Phil Bailey and the "A" Band at Stevenage with the London & Southern Counties Challenge Trophy
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 A Band.
The present mix of youngsters and experienced players works well, bonded together by the enjoyment of playing good music to a high standard.
Phillip Bailey was ‘Young Conductor of the Year’ in 1998; on moving to the Yeovil Band, they gained promotion into the Championship Section for the first time in the band’s history. Phil has also conducted Brighouse & Rastrick, Sovereign Brass and other leading bands.
Moving to Wantage in 2006 he has now taken the Wantage ‘A’ band into the Championship section. A first-rate cornet player himself (having played with many top bands including the legendary Black Dyke Mills), Phil is Head of Music at the Community College in Leicester.
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 competed at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall gaining 10th place. They are now placed 52nd in the world. Our 'B' Band was promoted to Second Section this year and competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September gaining an 8th place. 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.
Want to Play a Brass Instrument?
We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly. Contact Eileen at email@example.com
Saturday, 14th February
Beetle Drive7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage
Saturday, 28th February
Quiz Night7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage
Saturday, 21st March - Sunday, 22nd March
London and Southern Counties Regional Contestsat Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
Sunday, 29th March
Palm Sundayat Charlton Church(Mixed Band)
Sunday, 26th April
St George's Day Paradeat Dorchester('B' Band)
Saturday, 9th May
Senior Trophy Contestat Winter Gardens, Blackpool('A' Band)
Sunday, 10th May
Rogation Serviceat Aldworth('B' Band)
Sunday, 10th May
Newbury Bandstand3:00pm - 5:00pm at Newbury Bandstand
Sunday, 24th May
Masters Contestat Kettering('A' 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