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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.jpgEileen 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.

 

 

brian2_0.jpgBrian 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 'A' Band competes in the prestigious Championship Section of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and having won the Regionals recently will be competing at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall.  Our 'B' Band is in Second Section and  will be competing at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September, having been awarded 2nd place at the Regionals, whilst 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.

Practice Times and Locations

 

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 .

 Please visit our Support the Band page to see how you can help with our fundraising.

 We are very grateful for the kind support of our Sponsors 

Perhaps you would like to become a Patron or a Sponsor, if you are interested please click here for more information.

 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 26th April

  • Rotary Concert
    7:30pm - 10:00pm at Civic Centre, Portway, Wantage. Tickets from Brett's the Chemist, Grove; Dolphin Art, Wantage; Regent Arcade Bookshop, Wantage
    (Youth Brass)

Saturday, 10th May

  • Concert Brass Supper Concert
    7:30pm at East Challow Village Hall
    (Concert Brass)
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Sunday, 25th May

  • Rogation Service
    (Concert Brass)

Friday, 13th June

  • Whit Friday, Saddleworth - Parade and Contests
    9:00am at Greenfield
    (Mixed Band)

Sunday, 15th June

  • Stanford in the Vale Festival and Service
    ('B' Band)

Sunday, 29th June

  • Tugwell Field Concert and BBQ
    12:30pm at Tugwell Field Concert
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 5th July

  • Charney Bassett Fete
    (Concert Brass)
  • Wantage Summer Festival Concert
    7:30pm at Civic Hall, Portway, Wantage
    ('A' Band)

Saturday, 12th July  

  • Witney Carnival
    (Mixed Band)

Sunday, 10th August  

  • Concert at Parade Gardens Bandstand, Bath
    (Concert Brass)

Saturday, 6th September

  • Aldebourne Carnival
    (Mixed Band)

Saturday, 20th September   - Sunday, 21st September  

  • Nationals Brass Band Finals - Sections 1,2,3 & 4 Cheltenham
      at Racecourse Conference centre
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 27th September

  • Joint Concert with Abbey Brass
    7:30pm at Yolande Patterson Hall, Abingdon
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 11th October  

  • National Finals ( Championship Section) Royal Albert Hall
      at Royal Albert Hall
    ('A' Band)

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