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.
Gareth began playing in the Wantage Band in 1996 and has become one of the band’s most versatile members, being an experienced cornet and horn player. Conductor of the Concert Brass, he also sometimes stands in for Youth and ‘B’ bands' conductors. He currently plays in B Band. He also frequently records the Bands' Concerts.
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.
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, 26th April
Rotary Concert7:30pm - 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 Concert7:30pm at East Challow Village Hall(Concert Brass)
Sunday, 25th May
Rogation Service(Concert Brass)
Friday, 13th June
Whit Friday, Saddleworth - Parade and Contests9:00am at Greenfield(Mixed Band)
Sunday, 15th June
Stanford in the Vale Festival and Service('B' Band)
Sunday, 29th June
Tugwell Field Concert and BBQ12:30pm at Tugwell Field Concert('B' Band)
Saturday, 5th July
Charney Bassett Fete(Concert Brass)
Wantage Summer Festival Concert7:30pm 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 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)