Band members have been praised after scoring top marks in musical examinations.

Seven musicians in the award-winning Wantage Silver Band, picked up distinctions after passing their Associated Board Music Examinations.

Grade one awards went to flugel player Bayley Eyley, 11, of Westcot, Childrey; tuba player Chris Fuller, 12, of Ock Meadow, Stanford in the Vale; and cornet player Iain Butler, 9, of Willow Lane, Milton.

Grade two awards went to Christopher Wells, eight, who plays the cornet, and to horn player Samantha Dunwoody, ten, both of Witan Way, Wantage.

Cornet enthusiast, Marcus Wiltshire, 13, of Collinsmith Drive, Grove, received a Grade three award, and 13-year-old euphonium player Luke Maselkowski, of Hampden Road, Wantage, was awarded a grade four.

The band prides itself on its standard of musical educational and its on-going training for musicians of all abilities.

Band spokesman Alan Sykes said: "It is quite remarkable that all the pupils got the highest grade."