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 our Youth Concerts and 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.
This group has been playing together for many years. The WSB has always encouraged parents to be involved in the Band and especially to learn to play!
This group has great fun and play for enjoyment – and to learn and improve as well. conducted by Eileen Sykes we welcome anyone who can play to join us.
Many of our members are in Concert Brass or the Training Bands but we welcome any stray 'A' and 'B' Band players who need some light relief.
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, and conducts the Adult Beginners Group.
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.
Saturday Mornings - Taking a break through December for carolling. Practices resume 4th January 2014
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. Our 'B' Band has recently been promoted to Second Section as from Jan 2014 at the Regionals and our newly formed Academy Brass will be competing in the Fourth Section.
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Friday, 6th December
Dickensian Evening, Wantageat 6PM Christmas Tree, 6,30PM O/S Waitrose, 7.00PM O/S Sainsburys, 7.30PM Christmas Tree Service(Mixed Band)
Saturday, 7th December
Christmas Concert7:30pm at Civic Hall, Wantage('A' Band)
Sunday, 15th December
Christmas Supper Concert7:00pm at East Challow Village Hall, Nr Wantage(Concert Brass)
Thursday, 19th December
Xmas Tree Service - Grove(Mixed Band)
Friday, 17th January - Sunday, 19th January
Butlins Contest Skegness('A' Band)
Sunday, 2nd February
Entertainment Contest, Yeovil('A' Band)
Sunday, 16th March
Area Contests, Stevenage('A' Band), ('B' Band), (Academy Brass)
New Band Hall
For the latest news (and pictures) please visit our New Band Hall section.