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.
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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"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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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 email@example.com
Saturday, 17th October
Annual Concert7:30pm at The Beacon, Portway, Wantage OX12 9BX
Sunday, 25th October
ODBBA Entertainment ContestAcademy Brass
Saturday, 31st October
GRAND MASKED BALLBig Band
Saturday, 7th November
Remembrance Parade East GarstonYouth Brass
Sunday, 8th November
Remembrance Parade - East Hanney'B' Band
Remembrance Parade - Wantage'A' Band
Saturday, 5th December
'A' Band Christmas Concert'A' Band
Wednesday, 9th December
Mayors Carol ConcertMixed Band
Saturday, 12th December
'B' Christmas Concert East Hanney'B' Band