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.

 

 

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.
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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

Saturday, 14th February

  • Beetle Drive
    7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage

Saturday, 28th February

  • Quiz Night
    7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage Order Tickets

Saturday, 21st March   - Sunday, 22nd March  

  • London and Southern Counties Regional Contests
      at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre

Sunday, 29th March  

  • Palm Sunday
      at Charlton Church
    (Mixed Band)

Sunday, 26th April  

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

Saturday, 9th May  

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

Sunday, 10th May  

  • Rogation Service
      at Aldworth
    ('B' Band)

Sunday, 10th May

  • Newbury Bandstand
    3:00pm - 5:00pm at Newbury Bandstand

Sunday, 24th May  

  • Masters Contest
      at Kettering
    ('A' 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        
 

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 
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