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.
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Sunday, 30th November
Gloucester Brass Band Assn. Entertainment Contestat Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye(Academy Brass)
Friday, 5th December
Dickensian Evening6:00pm - 8:00pm at Market Square, Wantage(Mixed Band)
Saturday, 6th December
Carols in Wantage Town(Mixed Band)
Concert Brass Supper Concert - Guest stars include Piper, Karen Osman and Cornet Soloist, Harry Kent7:30pm - 10:00pm at East Challow Village Hall(Concert Brass)
Sunday, 7th December
Steventon Lights6:00pm - 7:00pm at Steventon(Mixed Band)
Wednesday, 10th December
Mayors Carol Service7:00pm - 8:00pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage('A' Band)
Thursday, 11th December
Christmas Concert at Thatcham Baptist Church with Wantage Silver 'A' Band, Francis Baily Primary School Choir and Newbury trombone Ensemble7:00pm - 9:00pm at Thatcham Baptist Church('A' Band)
Saturday, 13th December
Sainsburys Didcotat Sainsburys Orchard Centre Didcot(Mixed Band)
Saturday, 13th December
'A' Band Christmas Concert with guests The Charlton School Choir7:30pm - 10:00pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage('A' Band)
Thursday, 18th December
Grove Carols7:00pm - 7:30pm at Grove(Mixed Band)
Friday, 19th December
Christmas Concert at Richmond Homes, Letcombe Regis('B' Band)
Saturday, 20th December
Tesco Marcham Road Abingdon(Mixed Band)
Beales Dept Store, Fairacres Retail Park, Abingdon 2.30PM - 3.45PM(Mixed Band)
Sunday, 21st December
Sainsburys Wantage9:30am - 4:00pm at Sainsburys Wantage(Mixed Band)
Wednesday, 24th December
Waitrose Wallingford Street, Wantage(Mixed Band)