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.

 

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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 in 2014 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 in 2014 and competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September gaining an 8th place.  Our Academy Brass competed for the first time in Fourth Section in 2014. To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.
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Want to Play a Brass Instrument?

 We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 19th April

  • The Highland Gathering - Reading Scottish Pipers guests The Wantage Band for more details:
    at Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading

Saturday, 25th April

  • Concert Brass Supper Concert
    Concert Brass
    at East Challow Village Hall

Sunday, 26th April

  • St George's Day Parade
    'B' Band
    at Dorchester

Saturday, 2nd May

  • Concert at East Hanney British Legion Hall
    'B' Band

Saturday, 9th May

  • Senior Trophy Contest
    'A' Band
    at Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Sunday, 10th May

  • Rogation Service at Aldworth
    Mixed Band
    at Aldworth
  • Newbury Bandstand
    Academy Brass
    at Newbury Bandstand

Sunday, 24th May

  • Masters Contest
    'A' Band
    at Kettering

Friday, 29th May

  • Whit Friday Contests - Saddleworth ( supporters welcome )
    'A' Band

Sunday, 14th June

  • Summer Fete
    'B' Band
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale
  • Church Service
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale

Saturday, 20th June

  • Montpelier Gardens Bandstand - Cheltenham
    Concert Brass
    2:30pm
  • "A" Band ( Current London and Southern Counties Champion ) Concert of their Favourite Music
    'A' Band
    7:30pm

Saturday, 27th June

  • Wantage Music Festival Brass Classes

Sunday, 28th June

  • Chieveley Village Fete
    'B' Band
  • Field Concert and BBQ
    'A' Band
    at Tugwell Field
  • Wantage Music festival - Final Concert

Saturday, 4th July

  • Big Band
    Big Band
    7:30pm at East Challow British Legion Hall

Sunday, 5th July

  • Field Concert and BBQ
    Youth Brass
    at Tugwell Field

Saturday, 11th July

  • Witney Carnival
    Mixed Band
    10:30am
  • Concert at Faringdon Primary School
    'B' Band
    7:30pm

Saturday, 18th July

  • "A" Band Concert
    'A' Band
    7:30pm at Wantage Parish Church

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        
 

Support The Band

 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 ourSponsors 

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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