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: 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.


 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 2014 competed at the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals.   Our 'B' Band promoted to Second Section in 2014, competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September 2014. In March 2015 they  won promotion to First Section as of January 2016.    Academy Brass,  formed in 2013, are in Fourth Section.  To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth 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 new CD - Classical Favourites - is now available  contact for more information.


Interested in Playing a Brass Instrument?

We can provide an instrument and tuition.

A new Beginners class started on September 5th at our Band Hall, Tugwell Field, Wantage, but there is room for more.    Contact Eileen at

Forthcoming Events

Monday, 30th November

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Larkdown / Springfield Road, Wantage

Tuesday, 1st December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Witan Way, Wantage

Wednesday, 2nd December

  • Street Carolling
    7:00pm at Witan Way, Wantage

Thursday, 3rd December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Mably Way / Roman Way Wantage
  • Faringdon Shopping Evening
    Mixed Band

Friday, 4th December

  • Dickensian Evening, Wantage
    Mixed Band
    6:00pm at Market Square, Wantage and supermarkets

Saturday, 5th December

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

Tuesday, 8th December

  • Street Carolling - Wantage
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Naldertown / Priory Orchard / Ham Road / Greenacres Drive

Wednesday, 9th December

  • Mayors Carol Concert
    Mixed Band
    10:30am at Wantage Parish Church

Thursday, 10th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Heights West / Barnards Way, Wantage

Saturday, 12th December

  • Supermarket carols - Sainsburys Didcot
    Mixed Band
  • East Hanney Royal British Legion B Band Christmas Concert
    'B' Band
    7:30pm at East Hanney British Legion £5 on the door

Sunday, 13th December

  • Celebrate Christmas with Concert Brass and a great Supper
    Concert Brass
    7:00pm to 10:00pm at East Challow Village Hall

Monday, 14th December

  • Supermarket Carols - Sainsburys Wantage
    Mixed Band
  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Warmans Close, Lydsee Gate and Segsbury
  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Charlton Village

Tuesday, 15th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Garston Lane / Foliat Drive Wantage

Wednesday, 16th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Ormond Road / Orchard Way Wantage

Thursday, 17th December

  • Street Carolling
    Mixed Band
    7:00pm at Chain Hill Wantage

Tuesday, 22nd December

  • Christmas Tree Service
    Mixed Band
    6:45pm at Grove

Thursday, 24th December

  • Supermarket Carols
    Mixed Band
    10:00am at Waitrose Wallingford Street Wantage
  • Mayors Carols
    Mixed Band
    6:30pm at Victoria Cross Gallery,Market Square, Wantage

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