The Wroughton Silver Band is a long-established band based in the Wiltshire village of Wroughton, which nestles below the ancient Ridgeway path and iron-age hill fort of Barbury Castle. It is just 2 mile south of Swindon and the M4. We are a, friendly, non-contesting band with a full and varied list of engagements in the surrounding area, including Bandstand concerts, Christmas and Remembrance day events, fetes and the occasional march. We have our own Bandroom at nearby Burderop Park, which was generously provided by the late Sir Henry Calley. His nephew, the late Robert Langton, continued the family association with the band, as President.
New members are always welcome; anyone with a smattering of musical knowledge can try their hand at a range of instruments in the Training Band, while those with some previous experience of playing a brass instrument will almost certainly find a niche in the Senior Band. Do not worry about instruments and music, all the equipment you need will be provided, free of charge.
A year in the life of the Band:-
Our first engagement of the year is usually the St George’s Day Parade in April, where we march through New Town with Swindon Scouts and Guides troops. This is always a nerve-wracking experience, with fingers crossed that our music doesn’t blow away and the sleeping policemen don’t trip us up. We do have one function before this, however: the infamous AGM, which has been held in the White Hart, Wroughton for the last few years. This is followed by a buffet, and a skittles competition which, this year, was won by the Trombone and Bass section team.
Engagements during the summer are dominated by Fetes (Wroughton, Wanborough etc) where we either play in the open air and get burnt to a frazzle, or huddle under a marquee while the showers pass. Concerts in the Swindon Town Gardens and Queen’s Park are also a regular feature of the summer. In addition, this year we are once again playing in the Bandstand in the John Coles Park, Chippenham, in August.
In support of the Prospect Hospice, we will play at their fete in Wroughton in early September. In October we have regular engagements at Christ Church with the Hillier Funeral Service, and for the Palestine Police reunion at Blundson House.
November sees us giving Remembrance concerts in Malmesbury Abbey and in Wroughton, together with our second march of the year from the Church to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday.
December, of course, is devoted to carols; concerts, supermarket collections, services and, on Christmas morning, carols around Wroughton village, rounding off another year with the Wroughton Silver Band.