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Become a Band Friend

As you would imagine from its wide range of activities, the Band has aroused much interest - both in Wantage and elsewhere. In response we formed 'The Friends of Wantage Silver Band' which anyone may join. Friends may visit band rehearsals and will receive the band newsletter. In addition, they may purchase band concert tickets at special rates.

The aim is to encourage enjoyment of brass band music and participation in the life of the band. Ideas for fundraising events, publicity and social functions are welcome. This is especially needed at the moment as we are fundraising to build a new band hall. Due to the huge amount we need to raise, we have set the minimum subscription at £15, but hope that those who can will contribute more.

If you would like to join the 'Friends of the Wantage Silver Band', please fill in the application form, enclose your subscription and send to:

Andrew Coulson,
Ham Road,
Wantage, OX12 9EE

Tel: 01235 763572


Helping to purchase brass instruments for young players! 

Please visit the Regent Arcade Book Shop, Wantage where you will find a table displaying bric a brac, videos, books, records etc,  donated by band supporters, and sold by Phil and Sue Mudway to raise funds to purchase instruments for young players in the band.

They have also kindly agreed to sell  tickets for the Band, so when you require tickets for any of our concerts, please pay them a visit, and at the same time have a look at the items on the table. Of course, you are also welcome to donate items for the table!


Join the 100 Club!

Would you like the chance to win £100 or £50 or  £20 - AND help the band?

A very useful way to support the band is to join our 100 club. You pay a subscription of only £1 per month and all members have a chance of winning in the monthly draw. Last year, we distributed two £100 cash prizes in December, single £50 prize in March, June and September and single £20 prizes in the other months. Plus, all profits raised contribute to band funds.

Want more info?? Contact Henry Gunston on 01235 223474 or email


Become a Band Patron

If you have an interest in Wantage Silver Band then perhaps you would like to become a Patron.  You may wish to support us by making a financial donation, or use your influence to raise awareness of the Band and encourage others to contribute. If you possess fame or popularity and would be happy to lend your credibility and high profile to support the Band in our fundraising, campaigning and public relations, we would also be very pleased to welcome you as a Patron. 

Status and responsibilities of Patrons 

  • A Patron, by giving financial support to the Band, does not assume any responsibility for the management of the organisation, nor any legal responsibility.        

Formalities (a brief resume)

An agreement in writing between you, as Patron, and the Wantage Silver Band would include :

  • the time period involved (e.g. 1 year – this can always be renewed by mutual consent)

  • If, and where, the Band can use your name; It is intended to include a list of Patrons on Concert Programmes, unless you stipulate otherwise. 


  • As most Patrons will support the Band because they approve of its objectives and the work it does in the community, each Patron will be offered a free ticket to each of the Civic Hall concerts promoted by the Band: this always includes the Annual Concert, the ‘A’ Band Christmas Concert, and typically one or two other Concerts.

  • Patrons will usually be invited to apply for a free ticket about a month before a concert.  Patrons will also receive a Wantage Silver Band Newsletter each month. 

Patron’s Donations

  • It is anticipated that Patrons will donate £100 per year, which can be Gift Aided (providing a substantial increase to the Band at no further cost to the Patron)

For further information on becoming a Patron please contact :

our PR Secretary, Andrew Coulson on 01235 763572



Become a Band Sponsor 

The Band is seeking Sponsors. Typically these will be local firms or businesses who are interested in supporting the Band and its objectives – and especially in its major project of building a new Band and Community Hall.

 Level of Sponsorship

  • The Band envisage this will be on two levels: Sponsors donating a minimum of £250 per year, and major Sponsors donating a minimum of £1000 per year (these sums are tax-deductible as the Band is a Registered Charity No. 1123767). In return for the Sponsorship, the Band will publish the Sponsor’s logo or message on the Band website, on the monthly newsletters, and on programmes of Concerts promoted by the Band.

Formalities (a brief resume)

An agreement in writing between the Sponsor and the Band would include : 

  • the time period involved (e.g. 1 year – this can always be renewed by mutual consent)

  • The format of the Sponsor’s logo or message; and how, and where, the Band can use it

For further information on becoming a Sponsor please contact:

our PR Secretary, Andrew Coulson on 01235 763572 





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 in 2014 competed at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall gaining 10th place. They are now placed 52nd in the world.  Our 'B' Band was promoted to Second Section in 2014 and competed at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September gaining an 8th place.  Our Academy Brass competed for the first time in Fourth Section in 2014. To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.

Want to Play a Brass Instrument?

 We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at

Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 29th March

  • Palm Sunday
    Mixed Band
    at Charlton Church, Wantage to Market Square

Sunday, 19th April

  • The Highland Gathering - Reading Scottish Pipers guests The Wantage Band for more details:
    at Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading

Saturday, 25th April

  • Concert Brass Supper Concert
    Concert Brass
    at East Challow Village Hall

Sunday, 26th April

  • St George's Day Parade
    'B' Band
    at Dorchester

Saturday, 2nd May

  • Concert at East Hanney British Legion Hall
    'B' Band

Saturday, 9th May

  • Senior Trophy Contest
    'A' Band
    at Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Sunday, 10th May

  • Rogation Service at Aldworth
    Mixed Band
    at Aldworth
  • Newbury Bandstand
    Academy Brass
    at Newbury Bandstand

Sunday, 24th May

  • Masters Contest
    'A' Band
    at Kettering

Friday, 29th May

  • Whit Friday Contests - Saddleworth ( supporters welcome )
    'A' Band

Sunday, 14th June

  • Church Service
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale
  • Summer Fete
    'B' Band
    at Stanford-in-the-Vale

Saturday, 20th June

  • Montpelier Gardens Bandstand - Cheltenham
    Concert Brass
  • "A" Band ( Current London and Southern Counties Champion ) Concert of their Favourite Music
    'A' Band

Saturday, 27th June

  • Wantage Music Festival Brass Classes

Sunday, 28th June

  • Field Concert and BBQ
    'A' Band
    at Tugwell Field
  • Wantage Music festival - Final Concert
  • Chieveley Village Fete
    'B' Band

Saturday, 4th July

  • Big Band
    Big Band
    7:30pm at East Challow British Legion Hall

Sunday, 5th July

  • Field Concert and BBQ
    Youth Brass
    at Tugwell Field

Saturday, 11th July

  • Witney Carnival
    Mixed Band
  • Concert at Faringdon Primary School
    'B' Band

Saturday, 18th July

  • "A" Band Concert
    'A' Band
    7:30pm at Wantage Parish Church

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        

Support The Band

 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 ourSponsors 

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

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