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. 

 

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

Sunday, 1st May

  • Rogation Service
    Concert Brass

Sunday, 15th May

  • Old Berkshire Hunt Countryside Day
    Mixed Band
    2:00pm to 4:00pm

Friday, 20th May

  • Whit Friday Contest 2016 - Saddleworth
    Mixed Band

Thursday, 2nd June to Friday, 3rd June

  • WSB Summer Course
    11:00am to 4:00pm at 2nd June The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX -------- 11am to 4pm 3rd June The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Reading Road, Wantage OX12 8FR

Saturday, 4th June

  • Fete - Horton cum Studley
    'B' Band
  • The Wantage Big Band - Supper Concert
    Big Band
    7:30pm at Challow British Legion, Vicarage Hill, OX12 9RP

Sunday, 12th June

  • Queen's Birthday Celebrations with ODBBA - Blenheim Palace
    Academy Brass

Saturday, 18th June

  • Joint Concert at Faringdon Parish Church
    Academy Brass
  • Contest at Bugle, Cornwall
    'A' Band

Sunday, 19th June

  • Stanford in the Vale Summer Festival
    'B' Band

Saturday, 25th June

  • Concert with Pangbourne Choral Society
    'A' Band
    at Pangbourne College

Sunday, 26th June

Saturday, 16th July

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

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