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.

 

 Danny Dullforce is B Band's conductor and also adds his expertise on Saturday mornings. 

 

 A huge thank you to everyone in Wantage, Grove, Stanford in the Vale, all the surrounding villages and Sainsburys, Wantage; Sainsburys, Didcot; Waitrose, Wantage and Tesco, Abingdon for their support and generosity whilst we played carols during December 2016.

About Us

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

Our Wantage Band is in the prestigious Championship Section and in October 2016 competed at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals, their second visit in 2 years.   Our 'B' Band in March 2015 won promotion to First Section as of January 2016 having been promoted to Second Section in 2014.   Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are in Fourth Section.  To complete WSB we have a Concert 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         

 

 

Interested in Playing a Brass Instrument?

We can provide an instrument and tuition.

Beginners classes are held on Saturday mornings at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 21st January

  • Masterclass with Roger Webster
    2:00pm to 4:00pm at Wantage Silver Band Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage, Oxon. Free Admission
  • Roger Webster In Concert with The Wantage Band
    'A' Band
    7:30pm at St Bartholomew's School, Bartlemy Road, Newbury RG14 6LA

Friday, 17th February

Saturday, 25th February to Sunday, 26th February

  • ODBBA Contest
    'A' Band

Saturday, 18th March

  • Area Contest
    at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre

Sunday, 19th March

  • Area Contest
    at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre

Support The Band

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 We are very grateful for the kind support of our Sponsors 

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