The Wantage Band  Conductor Craig Patterson

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

The Wantage Band's Achievement at the National Finals at The Royal Albert Hall...AGAIN

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 The Wantage Band with their conductor Phil Bailey made it. 

Having won the Championship Section at the Regionals on Sunday 16th March 2014, The Wantage Band competed in the Championships at the Royal Albert Hall on 11th October 2014.  They gained a fabulous 10th place out of 20 Bands.  

 

BEST NEWS THEY DID IT AGAIN UNDER THE BATON OF THEIR RESIDENT CONDUCTOR, CRAIG PATTERSON  AND ON SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2O16 THEY ONCE AGAIN COMPETED AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL THIS TIME COMING 18TH.  AND WINNING THE PRIZE FOR YOUNGEST PLAYER - ROSE  HANCOCK WELL DONE.

Some much appreciated comments from Pipe Major Ron Paterson, following a concert with the Reading Scottish Pipe Band  in October 2016:

The Wantage Band Celebrate - 2nd Place at Stevenage 2016 = The Royal Albert Hall in October.

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

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Some much appreciated comments received from Pipe Major Ron Paterson, following a concert with the Reading Scottish Pipe Band  in October 2016:

 


 

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General practices stop after Saturday 26 November and resume on Saturday 7th January 2017.  We will be carolling in the streets, villages and supermarkets during December.

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 2016 will compete at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals, their second visit in 2 years.   Our 'B' Band in March 2015 won promotion to First Section as of January 2016 having been promoted to Second Section in 2014.   Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are in Fourth Section.  To complete WSB we have a Concert 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         

B Band's amazing  CD - Classical Favourites - is  available  contact secretary@wantageband.org for more information.

 

Interested in Playing a Brass Instrument?

We can provide an instrument and tuition.

Beginners classes are held on Saturday mornings at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday, 6th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Elizabeth Drive, Wantage

Wednesday, 7th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Village West

Thursday, 8th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Heights East, Wantage

Friday, 9th December

  • Academy Christmas Concert

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    Academy Brass
    8:00pm at Letcombe Regis Village Hall

Saturday, 10th December

  • The Wantage Band Christmas Concert with guests The Berkshire Maestros Newbury Youth Choir

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

Sunday, 11th December

  • Village Carols - West Hendred - 10.30 - 12.30
    Mixed Band
    at West Hendred

Monday, 12th December

  • Street Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Warmans Close and Segsbury

Thursday, 15th December

  • Village Carols - Chilton, Didcot
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chilton Field Way, Chilton
  • Street Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Garston Lane, Foliat Drive

Friday, 16th December

  • Village Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Stanford in the Vale

Saturday, 17th December

  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    9:30am at Tesco Stores - Abingdon

Sunday, 18th December

  • Village Carols
    Mixed Band
    10:30am at Childrey 10:30 - 12:30
  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    11:00am at Kings Walk, Wantage

Tuesday, 20th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chain Hill and St Gabriels

Wednesday, 21st December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Orchard Way

Thursday, 22nd December

  • Milletts Farm Carols
    Mixed Band
    11:00am at Kingston Bagpuize

Saturday, 24th December

  • Street Carols
    9:15am at Naldertown, Priory Orchard, Ham Road, Greenacres Drive
  • Supermarket Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    9:30am at o/s Waitrose, Wallingford Street
  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    9:45am at Roman Way, Letcombe Fields
  • Supermarket Carols - Didcot
    Mixed Band
    10:00am at Entrance Foyer Sainsburys Didcot

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