Wantage 'A' Band are off to the Royal Albert Hall.
Conductor Phil Bailey and the "A" Band at Stevenage with the London & Southern Counties Challenge Trophy
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 have made it. Here are some of the plans being made for the great day – Sat. 11th October.
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.
Having won the Championship Section at the Regionals on Sunday 16th March 2014, the "A" Band will be competing in the Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2013.
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 will be competing at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall. Our 'B' Band is in Second Section and will be competing at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September, having been awarded 2nd place at the Regionals, whilst 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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Saturday, 20th September - Sunday, 21st September
National Brass Band Finals - "B" Band competes in the "2nd" Section at Cheltenhamat Racecourse Conference centre('B' Band)
Saturday, 27th September
Joint Concert with Abbey Brass7:30pm at Yolande Patterson Hall, Abingdon('B' Band)
Saturday, 11th October
National Finals ( Championship Section) Royal Albert Hallat Royal Albert Hall('A' Band)
Saturday, 18th October
Annual Concert7:30pm - 10:00pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage
Sunday, 9th November
Remembrance Day Parades
Saturday, 6th December
Concert Brass Supper Concert7:30pm - 10:00pm at East Challow Village Hall(Concert Brass)
Saturday, 13th December
'A' Band Christmas Concert('A' Band)