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 in 2014 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 in 2014 and competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September gaining an 8th place. Our Academy Brass competed for the first time in Fourth Section in 2014. 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
Sunday, 8th March
Music for Youth, SwindonYouth Brass
Sunday, 15th March
Previews of A, B, Academy March and Test Pieces
Saturday, 21st March
London and Southern Counties Regional Contests - 2nd Section B Band'B' Band
Sunday, 22nd March
London and Southern Counties Regional Contests - Academy and A Band'A' Band, Academy Brass
Wednesday, 25th March
A.G.M.7:00pm at Band Hall, Tugwell Field
Friday, 27th March
Cheese and Wine Tasting7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage see poster
Sunday, 29th March
Palm SundayMixed Band
Sunday, 19th April
The Highland Gathering - Reading Scottish Pipers guests The Wantage Band for more details:at Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading
Saturday, 25th April
Concert Brass Supper ConcertConcert Brass
Sunday, 26th April
St George's Day Parade'B' Band
Saturday, 2nd May
Concert at East Hanney British Legion Hall'B' Band
Saturday, 9th May
Senior Trophy Contest'A' Band
Sunday, 10th May
Newbury BandstandAcademy Brass
Rogation Service at AldworthMixed Band
Sunday, 24th May
Masters Contest'A' Band
Sunday, 14th June
Summer Feteat Stanford-in-the-Vale
Church Serviceat Stanford-in-the-Vale
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