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. 

 

General practices stop after Saturday 26 November and resume on Saturday 7th January 2017.  We will be carolling in the streets, villages and supermarkets during December.

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 will compete 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         

B Band's amazing  CD - Classical Favourites - is  available  contact secretary@wantageband.org for more information.

 

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

Tuesday, 6th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Elizabeth Drive, Wantage

Wednesday, 7th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Village West

Thursday, 8th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Heights East, Wantage

Friday, 9th December

  • Academy Christmas Concert

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    Academy Brass
    8:00pm at Letcombe Regis Village Hall

Saturday, 10th December

  • The Wantage Band Christmas Concert with guests The Berkshire Maestros Newbury Youth Choir

    'A' Band
    7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX

Sunday, 11th December

  • Village Carols - West Hendred - 10.30 - 12.30
    Mixed Band
    at West Hendred

Monday, 12th December

  • Street Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Warmans Close and Segsbury

Thursday, 15th December

  • Village Carols - Chilton, Didcot
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chilton Field Way, Chilton
  • Street Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Garston Lane, Foliat Drive

Friday, 16th December

  • Village Carols
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Stanford in the Vale

Saturday, 17th December

  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    9:30am at Tesco Stores - Abingdon

Sunday, 18th December

  • Village Carols
    Mixed Band
    10:30am at Childrey 10:30 - 12:30
  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    11:00am at Kings Walk, Wantage

Tuesday, 20th December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chain Hill and St Gabriels

Wednesday, 21st December

  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Orchard Way

Thursday, 22nd December

  • Milletts Farm Carols
    Mixed Band
    11:00am at Kingston Bagpuize

Saturday, 24th December

  • Street Carols
    9:15am at Naldertown, Priory Orchard, Ham Road, Greenacres Drive
  • Supermarket Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    9:30am at o/s Waitrose, Wallingford Street
  • Street Carols - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    9:45am at Roman Way, Letcombe Fields
  • Supermarket Carols - Didcot
    Mixed Band
    10:00am at Entrance Foyer Sainsburys Didcot

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