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 '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.
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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 ConcertConcert Brass
Sunday, 26th April
St George's Day Parade'B' Band
Saturday, 2nd May
Concert at East Hanney British Legion Hall'B' Band
Saturday, 9th May
Senior Trophy Contest'A' Band
Sunday, 10th May
Rogation Service at AldworthMixed Band
Newbury BandstandAcademy Brass
Sunday, 24th May
Masters Contest'A' Band
Friday, 29th May
Whit Friday Contests - Saddleworth ( supporters welcome )'A' Band
Sunday, 14th June
Summer Fete'B' Band
Church Serviceat Stanford-in-the-Vale
Saturday, 20th June
Montpelier Gardens Bandstand - CheltenhamConcert 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
Chieveley Village Fete'B' Band
Field Concert and BBQ'A' Band
Wantage Music festival - Final Concert
Saturday, 4th July
Big BandBig Band
Sunday, 5th July
Field Concert and BBQYouth Brass
Saturday, 11th July
Witney CarnivalMixed Band
Concert at Faringdon Primary School'B' Band
Saturday, 18th July
"A" Band Concert'A' Band
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