Wantage Concert Brass

 Part of the Wantage Silver Band structure, Wantage Concert Brass is a non-contesting band whose members play for fun, and to entertain.

Many members are parents of children who play, or used to play, in one of the bands in the Wantage organisation. The band contributes to the annual round of local summer fetes and outdoor concerts in more distant locations, together with fund-raising supper concerts and other indoor concerts in aid of charities.

Conductor  Alan Sykes

Alan Sykes was brought up in the village of Dobcross in Saddleworth (then Yorkshire), where "… every child, at the age of three, is taught to blow a double-B" but it was not until moving to Wantage that son Chris came home with a euphonium, and the Sykes family joined the Wantage Band. The longest serving player in the Band, Alan has seen the A band progress from its first local contest (where he played ‘The Ploughboy’ on B♭ bass) and move up through the Sections from 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st and now Championship. Favourite instrument nowadays is playing the bass drum on Marches. Musical highlight was winning the Oxford & District senior solo competition (twice). Most useful activity is owning and driving the Band Van. He is the band's Publicity Officer (responsible for the monthly newsletter) and undertakes minor instrument repairs.

 

 "A" Band - The National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall

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 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.

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.

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Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 30th November  

  • Gloucester Brass Band Assn. Entertainment Contest
      at Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye
    (Academy Brass)

Friday, 5th December

  • Dickensian Evening
    6:00pm - 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 Kent
    7:30pm - 10:00pm at East Challow Village Hall
    (Concert Brass)
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Sunday, 7th December

  • Steventon Lights
    6:00pm - 7:00pm at Steventon
    (Mixed Band)

Wednesday, 10th December

  • Mayors Carol Service
    7:00pm - 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 Ensemble
    7:00pm - 9:00pm at Thatcham Baptist Church
    ('A' Band)
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Saturday, 13th December  

  • Sainsburys Didcot
      at Sainsburys Orchard Centre Didcot
    (Mixed Band)

Saturday, 13th December

  • 'A' Band Christmas Concert with guests The Charlton School Choir
    7:30pm - 10:00pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage
    ('A' Band)
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Thursday, 18th December

  • Grove Carols
    7:00pm - 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 Wantage
    9:30am - 4:00pm at Sainsburys Wantage
    (Mixed Band)

Wednesday, 24th December  

  • Waitrose Wallingford Street, Wantage
    (Mixed Band)

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