ABOUT US

Formed in 1893 as the “Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association”, scaba is the local association for brass bands in the South East of England.  Any brass bands in the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London Boroughs, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex and The Channel Islands are eligible for membership.scaba works hard to put the interests of its member bands and brass players first, and there’s a lot more to us than just contesting! The association is a member of Brass Bands England (BBE) and Making Music UK, and has representatives on the committee of the London & Southern Counties region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

scaba is run by a team of volunteers and we can't keep going or offer more services to our local bands without some support! Membership of the association helps to support all of our activities including the Southern Counties Youth Band and development of new, no-competitive events.

In return for a small subscription, members of scaba enjoy the following benefits:

♪    Free advertising on the scaba website and social media

♪    Discounted subs for SCYB

♪    Free information, advice and resources

♪    Priority entry and discounted tickets for workshops and other events

♪    Priority entry and discounted fees for scaba contests

Membership of the Association is just £90 a year for Senior Bands and £45 for Youth Bands (with discounts for connected groups).  In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, membership for all bands who took up membership of the Association in 2020 was extended to 2021 with no additional charge.

The Southern Counties Youth Band

The Southern Counties Youth Band or "SCYB" was set up by scaba to give young brass and percussion players an opportunity to improve their playing ability, expand their banding experience and to have fun making music in a band of players their own age.

Whilst we've enjoyed a stable membership over the past few years, and owe huge thanks to our current membership, conductors Richard and Ian and team of volunteers for this, during our enforced shut-down because of Covid a number of our older members have now reached or passed 18, and we know there are dozens of children out there in bands in the area who have never taken part in SCYB.

To get a clearer picture of what, if anything, we could do differently to help the band reach and support even more young players going forward as we start to plan a return towards the end of 2021, we're asking all bands and families in the scaba region with children eligible to participate in SCYB to complete a short survey. Noone's suggesting that anything is wrong with the current model, we just want to find out what does, or might, work best for the biggest number of people.

We'd be grateful if any young players and people with an interest in youth banding could spare a couple of minutes to complete the survey linked below before 18th June. We want to hear from everyone - you don't have to be in a scaba member band to complete the survey, or to play in SCYB!

SCYB Survey

Please see the SCYB section of this website for more news, photos and information about SCYB.

Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial Bursary
scaba is proud to present this initiative to support and encourage young players in membership of the National Youth Brass Band and National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain.

 

SCYB
The Southern Counties Youth Band is always open to new members, you don't have to be in a scaba member band! Read more about the band and download your membership pack and application form here:

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Our Team

Meet our team members

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Chairperson

Andrew has been playing in local brass bands since the age of 11, including Epsom and Ewell, Staines and Yiewsley and West Drayton. He was a founder member of the Kingston Youth Concert Band in the 1980s, and was a member of staff there for many years.

Andrew has been MD of Cranleigh Youth Band and also Encore Youth Orchestra, and the Epsom and Ewell B band which had both youth and adult players. He joined Mole Valley Silver Band on bass in 1999, and became their MD in 2003.

e-mail : chairman@scaba.co.uk

Alex Sears

Alex Sears

Secretary

Alex started playing with Brighton Silver band at the age of 7 and has played with a number of bands in this area including Alder Valley, Uckfield, Horsham and Chichester.  She has been a member of Friary Guildford Band since 2003 and has served as their Contest Secretary for most of that time.

Alex’s banding highlights include being the only baritone player to date to win ‘Best Instrumentalist’ in a scaba competition, winning the 1st Section National Championships with Friary in 2010, playing in the Championship section finals at the Royal Albert Hall and taking part in Brass in Concert.

Alex was invited to join the scaba team in 2011 and appointed Secretary in 2015. She is also administrator and tutor for the Southern Counties Youth Band (#SCYB) and loves working with the next generation of brass banders.

e-mail : fgb@alexvicary.co.uk

Jane Stewart

Jane Stewart

Contest Administrator

Jane plays bass trombone with LGB Brass.   She has served on the scaba Executive Committee for over 15 years, and has earned an unparalleled reputation for her skilled running of our contests.

e-mail : contestmanager@scaba.co.uk

Chris Cannings

Chris Cannings

Treasurer

e-mail : treasurer@scaba.co.uk

Colin Morrison

Colin Morrison

Property Master

Colin has been banding for over 50 years.  He serves as Property Master for scaba, and is one of our registrars on contest days.

e-mail : trophy@scaba.co.uk

James Haigh

James Haigh

SAFEGUARDING LEAD AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

James is the MD of Godalming band.

e-mail: jamesaphaigh@outlook.com

Paul Homewood

Paul Homewood

Executive Committee Member

Sybil Morrison

Sybil Morrison

Executive Committee Member

Claire Pickard

Claire Pickard

Executive Committee Member

Andrew Wooler

Andrew Wooler

Executive Committee Member

Ian Carter

Ian Carter

President

Ian has been on the scaba Committee for 18 years and served as Contest Manager and Secretary in that time.  He was appointed President of the Association in April 2018 in honour of his commitment and dedication to scaba and brass banding in the South East.

Sharon McCallum

Sharon McCallum

Vice President

A skilled instrument repairer and cornettist, Sharon has played with a number of bands in the area and has supported scaba events with her trade stand for many years. Sharon was invited to become a Vice President of the association in 2019.

Norman Every

Norman Every

Vice President

Married with 3 children and 7 grandchildren, Norman comes from a banding family and believes he has a brass gene in his make-up!

His grandfather Frank founded the former Nelson Silver Band in the Rhondda Valley and then, following a move to Berkshire in the 1920s, formed the St Sebastian Wokingham Band. Norman followed in his footsteps with his involvement in the Cornwall Youth Band and by forming both the Cranleigh Youth Band and the National Methodist Youth Brass Band.

Norman played tenor horn with the Godalming Band in Surrey before moving back to Cornwall recently. Norman served as President of the Association for a self-imposed 5 year term, during which time he founded the Southern Counties Youth Band (SCYB) in 2014.

e-mail : normanev@hotmail.co.uk

Ivy Gray

Ivy Gray

Vice President.

Ivy met Ron at the age of 17 when the conductor of The Westborough Ladies Choir invited her to sing with the Godalming Band who he also conducted. Some years later their daughter wanted to play a cornet like her father, Ivy went along to help teach the youngsters to read music, and the rest is history.

Ivy played trombone with Godalming for 35 years before retiring from playing in 2013.  She was invited to join scaba as a committee member when she started attending meetings as the Godalming Band representative and has served the Association for over 20 years, most recently as our Membership Secretary.  In 2018 Ivy was appointed Vice President in thanks and recognition for her many years of dedicated service.

Martin Mortimer

Martin Mortimer

Vice President

David Read

David Read

Vice President

Banding Resources

Members

Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial Bursary

Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial Bursary

scaba is proud to present an initiative to encourage and assist young players to experience a unique opportunity that will help them achieve greater awareness of their playing capabilities and future prospects on their chosen instrument.

 

scaba ‘Band of the Year’ competition

scaba ‘Band of the Year’ competition

The competition will be open to all bands who are paid-up members of scaba for the current year.
To win the prize, a band must compete in both the Spring Contest and the Autumn Contest, in the same year

Current Member Listing

Current Member Listing

Find out who’s a member and get their contact details, links to websites and google map.

 

Contesting

Contesting

Everything you need to know about contesting, including dates, rules and regulations, forms and previous contest results.

Vacancies

Vacancies

Find deps and advertisements for permanent positions.

 

SCYB

SCYB

The Southern Counties Youth Band was formed in 2014, since then we have gone from strength to strength. Find out more and get the membership application form here.

 

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2019 Autumn Contest

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2019 Easter Residential Course

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2018 SCYB Residential

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2019 Spring Contest

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2018 Spring Contest

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2017 Spring Contest

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2017 Entertainment Contest

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2017 Easter Residential Course

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2016 Spring Contest

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2016 Easter Residential

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2015 Entertainment Contest

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2015 Autumn Contest

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2015 Q&E Contest

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2016 Solo & Duet Contest

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2014  Rehearsal & Concert

2014 Rehearsal & Concert

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2014 Entertainment Contest

2014 Entertainment Contest

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2014 Solo, Quartet and Ensemble Contest

2014 Solo, Quartet and Ensemble Contest

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2012 Autumn Contest

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2011 Autumn Contest

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2011 Entertainment Contest

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