Twice finalists in recent years at the prestigious National finals at the Royal Albert Hall the present mix of youngsters and experienced players works well, bonded together by the enjoyment of playing good music to a high standard.
It’s every band’s dream to get to the Championship finals and play on the same stage as the world’s top brass bands – and The Wantage Band with their conductor Phil Bailey made it. Having won the Championship Section at the Regionals on Sunday 16th March 2014, Wantage Band competed in the Championships at the Royal Albert Hall on 11th October 2014. They gained a fabulous 10th place out of 20 Bands.
Even from the early days of the WSB we have had a very promising 'A' Band. From first contests in the Oxford and District Brass Band Association, they registered as a 4th Section Band, and have worked through the sections from 4th to the dizzy heights of the Championship Section. Players have come and gone – but some have remained to become the backbone of The Wantage Band.
Led by their conductor Paul Holland the band put in an impressive perfomance at the Spring Festival in Blackpool which saw the band placed 1st, winning promotion to the British Open Senior Cup in 2019.
Wantage then took to the stage, and produced a cultured account courtesy of the MDs intuitive reading to claim the honours. This was an MD firmly in control of every aspect of this piece, he or she had had a great empathy with Eric Ball's music.
An impressive end to 2018 saw the band placed 3rd from a strong lineup at the Scottish Open Championships in Perth.