The Wantage Band

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.

 

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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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conductor

PhilBailey.jpg Phillip Bailey

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 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.

 

 

About Us

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

Our Wantage Band are 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 our Fourth Section Band.  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        
 

Want to Play a Brass Instrument?

 We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 24th May

  • Masters Contest
    at Kettering

Friday, 29th May

  • Whit Friday Contests - Saddleworth supporters welcome

Sunday, 31st May

  • Parade Gardens Bandstand - Bath
    'B' Band
    3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, 7th June

  • Brass on Grass Field Concert - BBQ Cream Teas and Bar
    Academy Brass
    at Tugwell Field

Sunday, 14th June

  • Summer Fete
    'B' Band
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale
  • Church Service
    'B' Band
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale

Saturday, 20th June

  • Wantage Music Festival Brass Classes
  • Montpelier Gardens Bandstand - Cheltenham
    Concert Brass
    2:30pm
  • The Wantage Band present their Favourite Music with guests The Reading Scottish Pipe Band
    7:30pm at Didcot Civic Hall

Saturday, 27th June

Sunday, 28th June

  • Wantage Music festival - Final Concert
  • Chieveley Village Fete
    'B' Band
  • Brass on Grass Open Air Concert BBQ, Cream Teas and Bar
    Concert Brass
    at Tugwell Field, Wantage

Saturday, 4th July

  • John Hampden Primary School Fete - Thame
  • Big Band
    Big Band
    7:30pm at East Challow British Legion Hall

Sunday, 5th July

  • Open Air Concert BBQ, Cream Teas and Bar
    Youth Brass
    at Tugwell Field, Wantage

Saturday, 11th July

  • Lechlade Church
    'B' Band
  • Witney Carnival
    Mixed Band
    10:30am
  • Concert at Faringdon Primary School
    'B' Band
    7:30pm

Saturday, 18th July

  • The Wantage Band
    at Wantage Parish Church

Sunday, 19th July

  • Open Air Concert BBQ Cream Teas and bar
    'B' Band
    at Tugwell Field

Sunday, 26th July

  • Carterton Bandstand
    Academy Brass

Sunday, 2nd August

  • DACA Northbourne Centre, Didcot
    Concert Brass
    3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, 30th August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

Monday, 31st August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

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