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.

 "A" Band - The National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall

Here are some of the plans being made for the BIG DAY -11th October 2014

 

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 will be competing at the Championships in October at the Royal Albert Hall.  Our 'B' Band is in Second Section and  will be competing at the Nationals in Cheltenham in September, having been awarded 2nd place at the Regionals, whilst our Academy Brass competed for the first time in Fourth Section this year. To complete WSB we have a Concert Brass, a Youth Brass, a Trainer Band, Beginners and the Big Band.

Practice Times - During July and August all bands make their own arrangements - for details please contact Eileen on 01235 767541

 

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                     

Want to play a Brass Instrument? We can provide an instrument and tuition. Beginners classes are held weekly.    Contact Eileen at bandmaster@wantageband.org

 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 our Sponsors 

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

 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 6th September

  • Aldebourne Carnival
    (Mixed Band)

Saturday, 20th September   - Sunday, 21st September  

  • National Brass Band Finals - "B" Band competes in the "2nd" Section at Cheltenham
      at Racecourse Conference centre
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 27th September

  • Joint Concert with Abbey Brass
    7:30pm at Yolande Patterson Hall, Abingdon
    ('B' Band)

Saturday, 11th October  

  • National Finals ( Championship Section) Royal Albert Hall
      at Royal Albert Hall
    ('A' Band)

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