The Wantage Band - Championship Section

About 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.

WSB  are extremely pleased to welcome Wantage Band's new M.D., Craig Patterson, we all look forward to working with him.

Craig's first Concert with Wantage Band was at our Annual Concert in October 2015


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. 



July 2015 We were really sad to announce Phil's departure from the Band after ten very busy years, as he decided to take a wonderful opportunity to work in China. 




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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         


B Band's amazing new CD - Classical Favourites - is now available  contact for more information.


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

Sunday, 29th November

  • Milton Keynes Contest
    'B' Band

Monday, 30th November

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Larkdown / Springfield Road, Wantage

Tuesday, 1st December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Witan Way, Wantage

Wednesday, 2nd December

  • Street Carolling
    7:00pm at Witan Way, Wantage

Thursday, 3rd December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Mably Way / Roman Way Wantage
  • Faringdon Shopping Evening
    Mixed Band

Friday, 4th December

  • Dickensian Evening, Wantage
    Mixed Band
    6:00pm at Market Square, Wantage and supermarkets

Saturday, 5th December

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

Tuesday, 8th December

  • Street Carolling - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Naldertown / Priory Orchard / Ham Road / Greenacres Drive

Wednesday, 9th December

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

Thursday, 10th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Heights West / Barnards Way, Wantage

Saturday, 12th December

  • Supermarket carols - Sainsburys Didcot
    Mixed Band
  • East Hanney Royal British Legion B Band Christmas Concert
    'B' Band
    7:30pm at East Hanney British Legion £5 on the door

Sunday, 13th December

  • Celebrate Christmas with Concert Brass and a great Supper
    Concert Brass
    7:00pm to 10:00pm at East Challow Village Hall

Monday, 14th December

  • Supermarket Carols - Sainsburys Wantage
    Mixed Band
  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Village
  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Warmans Close, Lydsee Gate and Segsbury

Tuesday, 15th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Garston Lane / Foliat Drive Wantage

Wednesday, 16th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Ormond Road / Orchard Way Wantage

Thursday, 17th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chain Hill Wantage

Tuesday, 22nd December

  • Christmas Tree Service
    Mixed Band
    6:45pm at Grove

Thursday, 24th December

  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    10:00am at Waitrose Wallingford Street Wantage
  • Mayors Carols
    Mixed Band
    6:30pm at Victoria Cross Gallery,Market Square, Wantage

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