Wantage 'A' 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 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.
Practice nights (and locations) vary; the present conductor, Phil Bailey, has been with the Band for 6 years and has taken the Band into the Championship Section.
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 a large School in Milton Keynes.
Saturday Mornings - Taking a break through December for carolling. Practices resume 4th January 2014
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. Our 'B' Band has recently been promoted to Second Section as from Jan 2014 at the Regionals and our newly formed Academy Brass will be competing in the Fourth Section.
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Sunday, 15th December
Christmas Supper Concert7:00pm at East Challow Village Hall, Nr Wantage(Concert Brass)
Thursday, 19th December
Xmas Tree Service - Grove(Mixed Band)
Friday, 17th January - Sunday, 19th January
Butlins Contest Skegness('A' Band)
Sunday, 2nd February
Entertainment Contest, Yeovil('A' Band)
Sunday, 16th March
Area Contests, Stevenage('A' Band), ('B' Band), (Academy Brass)
New Band Hall
For the latest news (and pictures) please visit our New Band Hall section.