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 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.
Want to Play a Brass Instrument?
We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly. Contact Eileen at email@example.com
Saturday, 14th February
Beetle Drive7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage
Saturday, 28th February
Quiz Night7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage
Saturday, 21st March - Sunday, 22nd March
London and Southern Counties Regional Contestsat Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
Sunday, 29th March
Palm Sundayat Charlton Church(Mixed Band)
Sunday, 26th April
St George's Day Paradeat Dorchester('B' Band)
Saturday, 9th May
Senior Trophy Contestat Winter Gardens, Blackpool('A' Band)
Sunday, 10th May
Rogation Serviceat Aldworth('B' Band)
Sunday, 10th May
Newbury Bandstand3:00pm - 5:00pm at Newbury Bandstand
Sunday, 24th May
Masters Contestat Kettering('A' Band)
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