Even from the early days of the WSB we have had a very promising 'A' Band (Wantage Silver). 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 Wantage Silver.
The present mix of youngsters and experienced players works well, bonded together by the enjoyment of playing good music to a high standard.
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 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.
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 Wantage Silver are 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 our Fourth Section Band. To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.
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We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly. Contact Eileen at email@example.com
Sunday, 19th April
The Highland Gathering - Reading Scottish Pipers guests Wantage Silver 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 Contestat Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Sunday, 10th May
Newbury BandstandAcademy Brass
Rogation Service at AldworthMixed Band
Sunday, 17th May
Concert and BBQ on Tugwell Field, WantageConcert Brass
Sunday, 24th May
Masters Contestat Kettering
Friday, 29th May
Whit Friday Contests - Saddleworth ( supporters welcome )
Sunday, 14th June
Summer Fete'B' Band
Church Serviceat Stanford-in-the-Vale
Saturday, 20th June
Wantage Music Festival Brass Classes
Montpelier Gardens Bandstand - CheltenhamConcert Brass
Wantage Silver Concert of their Favourite Music7:30pm
Saturday, 27th June
Wantage Music Festival Brass Classes
Sunday, 28th June
Chieveley Village Fete'B' Band
Wantage Music festival - Final Concert
Field Concert and BBQ Wantage Silverat Tugwell Field, Wantage
Saturday, 4th July
Big BandBig Band
Sunday, 5th July
Field Concert and BBQYouth Brass
Saturday, 11th July
Witney CarnivalMixed Band
Concert at Faringdon Primary School'B' Band
Saturday, 18th July
Wantage Silver Concert7:30pm at Wantage Parish Church
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