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: email@example.com 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.
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.
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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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
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Sunday, 30th November
Gloucester Brass Band Assn. Entertainment Contestat Larruperz Centre, Ross on Wye(Academy Brass)
Friday, 5th December
Dickensian Evening6:00pm - 8:00pm at Market Square, Wantage(Mixed Band)
Saturday, 6th December
Carols in Wantage Town(Mixed Band)
Concert Brass Supper Concert - Guest stars include Piper, Karen Osman and Cornet Soloist, Harry Kent7:30pm - 10:00pm at East Challow Village Hall(Concert Brass)
Sunday, 7th December
Steventon Lights6:00pm - 7:00pm at Steventon(Mixed Band)
Wednesday, 10th December
Mayors Carol Service7:00pm - 8:00pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage('A' Band)
Thursday, 11th December
Christmas Concert at Thatcham Baptist Church with Wantage Silver 'A' Band, Francis Baily Primary School Choir and Newbury trombone Ensemble7:00pm - 9:00pm at Thatcham Baptist Church('A' Band)
Saturday, 13th December
Sainsburys Didcotat Sainsburys Orchard Centre Didcot(Mixed Band)
Saturday, 13th December
'A' Band Christmas Concert with guests The Charlton School Choir7:30pm - 10:00pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage('A' Band)
Thursday, 18th December
Grove Carols7:00pm - 7:30pm at Grove(Mixed Band)
Friday, 19th December
Christmas Concert at Richmond Homes, Letcombe Regis('B' Band)
Saturday, 20th December
Tesco Marcham Road Abingdon(Mixed Band)
Beales Dept Store, Fairacres Retail Park, Abingdon 2.30PM - 3.45PM(Mixed Band)
Sunday, 21st December
Sainsburys Wantage9:30am - 4:00pm at Sainsburys Wantage(Mixed Band)
Wednesday, 24th December
Waitrose Wallingford Street, Wantage(Mixed Band)