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Trainer Band and Beginners Bands

Training has always been important at Wantage Silver Band. The current training structure caters for all ages and abilities.

We have a Trainer Band and Beginners groups. The Trainer Band is conducted by Brian Thomas, and meets from 9.00 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the Band Hall Tugwell Field. Beginners start either via our associations with local schools, or directly in beginners classes (for all ages) also held on Saturday mornings at The Band Halll - (please contact Eileen Sykes on 01235 767541 or at: bandmaster@wantageband.org for details). Trainer Band participates in the  Band's Annual Concert.

From these Training groups, players of an appropriate standard can move on to either Youth Band, Concert Brass or 'B'  Band. Everyone must become subscription-paying members of the band and may then borrow instruments, free of charge. At all levels there are opportunities for private lessons offered by players or associates of WSB, often leading to Associated Board examinations at all levels up to Grade 8.

Conductors

Eileen Sykes has been Bandmaster of the Wantage Band for over a quarter of a century; a cornet player, she has played in every cornet position in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ bands, from soprano, principal, front row, flugel, repiano, 2nd and 3rd. She has taught countless people to play (both young and old) and is an experienced conductor. Presently she takes the beginners class.

 

 

Brian Thomas currently plays soprano cornet with 'A' Band and began conducting the Trainer Band in 2002. He was born in Solihull and started playing the trumpet aged 8.
Besides conducting the Trainer Band, Brian composes and arranges pieces for all standards of player and instrumentation. He also plays the piano, and helps organise the music at Grove Free Evangelical Church.

 

About Us

Wantage Silver Band has been making music in Wantage, Oxfordshire and beyond since 1972.

Our Wantage Band are in the prestigious Championship Section and in October 2014 competed at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals.   Our 'B' Band promoted to Second Section in 2014, competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September 2014. In March 2015 they  won promotion to First Section as of January 2016.    Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are our Fourth Section Band.  To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.
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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        
 

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

Friday, 29th May

  • Whit Friday Contests - Saddleworth supporters welcome

Sunday, 31st May

  • Parade Gardens Bandstand - Bath
    'B' Band
    3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, 7th June

  • Brass on the Grass Open Air Concert - BBQ Cream Teas and Bar
    Academy Brass
    at Tugwell Field. All welcome

Sunday, 14th June

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

Saturday, 20th June

  • Wantage Music Festival
  • Montpelier Gardens Bandstand - Cheltenham
    Concert Brass
    2:30pm
  • The Wantage Band present their Favourite Music with guests The Reading Scottish Pipe Band
    7:30pm at Didcot Civic Hall

Saturday, 27th June

Sunday, 28th June

  • Brass on the Grass Open Air Concert BBQ, Cream Teas and Bar
    Concert Brass
    at Tugwell Field, Wantage
  • Chieveley Village Fete
    'B' Band
  • Wantage Music Festival - Final Concert

Saturday, 4th July

  • John Hampden Primary School Fete - Thame
  • Big Band
    Big Band
    7:30pm at East Challow British Legion Hall

Sunday, 5th July

  • Brass on the Grass Open Air Concert BBQ, Cream Teas and Bar
    Youth Brass
    at Tugwell Field, Wantage

Saturday, 11th July

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

Saturday, 18th July

  • The Wantage Band
    at Wantage Parish Church

Sunday, 19th July

  • Open Air Concert BBQ Cream Teas and bar
    'B' Band
    at Tugwell Field

Sunday, 26th July

  • Carterton Bandstand
    Academy Brass

Sunday, 2nd August

  • DACA Northbourne Centre, Didcot
    Concert Brass
    3:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, 30th August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

Monday, 31st August

  • White Horse Show - Uffington

Support The Band

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