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.
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.
Want to Play a Brass Instrument?
We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly. Contact Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 8th March
Music for Youth, SwindonYouth Brass
Sunday, 15th March
Previews of A, B, Academy March and Test Pieces
Saturday, 21st March
London and Southern Counties Regional Contests - 2nd Section B Band'B' Band
Sunday, 22nd March
London and Southern Counties Regional Contests - Academy and A Band'A' Band, Academy Brass
Wednesday, 25th March
A.G.M.7:00pm at Band Hall, Tugwell Field
Friday, 27th March
Cheese and Wine Tasting7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage see poster
Sunday, 29th March
Palm SundayMixed Band
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 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 Contest'A' Band
Sunday, 10th May
Newbury BandstandAcademy Brass
Rogation Service at AldworthMixed Band
Sunday, 24th May
Masters Contest'A' Band
Sunday, 14th June
Summer Feteat Stanford-in-the-Vale
Church Serviceat Stanford-in-the-Vale
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