Wantage 'A' Band are off to the Royal Albert Hall.

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 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.

 

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.

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Conductor

PhilBailey.jpg Phillip Bailey

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

 

 About Us

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.

Practice Times and Locations

 

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                     

Want to play a Brass Instrument? We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org .

 Please visit our Support the Band page to see how you can help with our fundraising.

 We are very grateful for the kind support of our Sponsors 

Perhaps you would like to become a Patron or a Sponsor, if you are interested please click here for more information.

 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 26th April

  • Rotary Concert
    7:30pm - 10:00pm at Civic Centre, Portway, Wantage. Tickets from Brett's the Chemist, Grove; Dolphin Art, Wantage; Regent Arcade Bookshop, Wantage
    (Youth Brass)

Saturday, 10th May

  • Concert Brass Supper Concert
    7:30pm at East Challow Village Hall
    (Concert Brass)
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Sunday, 25th May

  • Rogation Service
    (Concert Brass)

Friday, 13th June

  • Whit Friday, Saddleworth - Parade and Contests
    9:00am at Greenfield
    (Mixed Band)

Sunday, 15th June

  • Stanford in the Vale Festival and Service
    ('B' Band)

Sunday, 29th June

  • Tugwell Field Concert and BBQ
    12:30pm at Tugwell Field Concert
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 5th July

  • Charney Bassett Fete
    (Concert Brass)
  • Wantage Summer Festival Concert
    7:30pm at Civic Hall, Portway, Wantage
    ('A' Band)

Saturday, 12th July  

  • Witney Carnival
    (Mixed Band)

Sunday, 10th August  

  • Concert at Parade Gardens Bandstand, Bath
    (Concert Brass)

Saturday, 6th September

  • Aldebourne Carnival
    (Mixed Band)

Saturday, 20th September   - Sunday, 21st September  

  • Nationals Brass Band Finals - Sections 1,2,3 & 4 Cheltenham
      at Racecourse Conference centre
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 27th September

  • Joint Concert with Abbey Brass
    7:30pm at Yolande Patterson Hall, Abingdon
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 11th October  

  • National Finals ( Championship Section) Royal Albert Hall
      at Royal Albert Hall
    ('A' Band)

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