Last Night of the Proms Concert

Who Needs the Royal Albert Hall?

Conducted by Phil Bailey, the Wantage Band presented an outstanding Last Night of the Proms Concert on Saturday 14th July, featuring all the favourites including Pomp and Circumstance and Jerusalem. The Band, as usual, gave a great performance , and even treated us to special effects in the rousing Dambusters March (complete with floodlights and sirens) followed by  633 Squadron.  

“Spanish Eyes” from a sombrero topped Steve Chapman and “Pie Jesu” a duet from Helen Wright and Brian Thomas were show stopping.  Trumpet Concerto featuring the cornets required not only playing skills, but choreography and precision and was brilliantly executed.

The jokes and commentry provided by our resident Compere Andrew Gregory were much appreciated and applauded.

.... and the crowning glory was Rule Britannia sung by a sparkling Julia Reynolds


Enthusiastically waving their flags and stamping their feet the audience demonstrated their enjoyment and appreciation of  this exceptional evening.


Many thanks  to Ron (resplendent in Union Jack tie)  and all his helpers for organising the concert and to our other helpers  Ann C and Ann G, Jean, Lucy, Eleanor, Lynn, Andrew C, our lighting gurus John and Chris to mention only a few.


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 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.

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

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 28th February

  • Quiz Night
    7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage Order Tickets

Sunday, 1st March  

  • Oxford and District Brass Band Assn Winter Contest
      at Marlborough School Woodstock
    (Academy Brass)

Sunday, 8th March  

  • Music for Youth, Swindon
    (Youth Brass)

Sunday, 15th March

  • Test Piece previews for A Band, B Band, and Academy Brass
    4:00pm - 7:00pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage
    ('A' Band), ('B' Band), (Academy Brass)

Saturday, 21st March  

  • London and Southern Counties Regional Contests - 2nd Section
      at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre
    ('B' Band)

Sunday, 22nd March  

  • London and Southern Counties Regional Contests - A Band and Academy Brass ( Championship and 4th Section )
      at Stevenage Leisure Centre
    ('A' Band), (Academy Brass)

Wednesday, 25th March

  • Annual General Meeting
    7:30pm at The Bandhall, Tugwell Field, Wantage

Sunday, 29th March  

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

Sunday, 19th April

  • Concert at Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading RG1 8EQ
    ('A' Band)

Saturday, 25th April

  • Concert Brass Supper Concert
    7:30pm at East Challow Village Hall
    (Concert Brass)

Sunday, 26th April

  • St George's Day Parade
    1:30pm - 3:30pm at Dorchester
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 2nd May  

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

Saturday, 9th May  

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

Sunday, 10th May  

  • Rogation Service
      at Aldworth
    (Mixed Band)

Sunday, 10th May

  • Newbury Bandstand
    3:00pm - 5:00pm at Newbury Bandstand

Sunday, 24th May  

  • Masters Contest
      at Kettering
    ('A' Band)

Sunday, 14th June

  • Stanford in the Vale Summer Fete + Church Service
    (Mixed Band)

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  "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        

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