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 1st Horn in the "A" 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.
Saturday Mornings - Taking a break through December for carolling. Practices resume 4th January 2014
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. Our 'B' Band has recently been promoted to Second Section as from Jan 2014 at the Regionals and our newly formed Academy Brass will be competing in the Fourth Section.
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Saturday, 7th December
Christmas Concert7:30pm at Civic Hall, Wantage('A' Band)
Sunday, 15th December
Christmas Supper Concert7:00pm at East Challow Village Hall, Nr Wantage(Concert Brass)
Thursday, 19th December
Xmas Tree Service - Grove(Mixed Band)
Friday, 17th January - Sunday, 19th January
Butlins Contest Skegness('A' Band)
Sunday, 2nd February
Entertainment Contest, Yeovil('A' Band)
Sunday, 16th March
Area Contests, Stevenage('A' Band), ('B' Band), (Academy Brass)
Latest Concert Brass News
New Band Hall
For the latest news (and pictures) please visit our New Band Hall section.