The local association for Brass Bands in the Southern Counties of England

updated 25/08/16

scaba’s annual Autumn contest will be held at The Hawth, Crawley, on Sunday 25th September.
Our adjudicator for the day will be Mike Kilroy.

22 bands have entered:
Bletchington Silver
Bournemouth Concert Brass
Brighton & Hove City Brass
Epsom & Ewell Silver
Gosport Solent Brass
Horsham Borough
LGB Brass
Otterbourne Brass
Regent Brass
Regent Community Brass
Shanklin Town Brasss
Shanklin Town Youth
Simon Langton Brass
Snowdown Colliery
Staines Brass
Wantage Silver

This is an own choice Test Piece and Hymn Tune contest and the order of play has been pre-drawn.

Ev-entz will again be providing large percussion instruments, and there is prize money on offer in all sections.

Friary Guildford, the no. 1 ranked band in scaba and London & the Southern Counties, are delighted to announce a joint concert with the number 1 band in the world, the fantastic Cory Band from South Wales.

cory logoCurrently Brass in Concert, National, European and World Champions, Cory have topped the World of Brass – 4barsrest World Rankings list for the past 9 years. We know that awesome is a much-overused word these days, but the sound of the Cory Band is simply that!

Current London & Southern Counties regional champions Friary Guildford have been undefeated in the scaba Entertainments contests for over 10 years, and in 2015 they won the Most Entertaining Band award at Butlin’s Mineworkers championships and made their Brass in Concert debut. On Sunday 28th August in Guildford they will be showing why, and sharing the stage with the best band in the World.
If you only make it to one local band event this year, make it this one!

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2016 is the 30th Anniversary of Mid Sussex Brass Band, formed following the merger of the old Haywards Heath Town Band and Burgess Hill Town Band.

On Saturday 16th July the band will be holding an anniversary celebration, with an informal get-together from 4pm of past and present members, tea and cakes and a free-for-all blow through some of the music that the band is currently playing.

In the evening, at 7.30, the current youth and senior bands will present a concert featuring a programme of favourite music chosen by members of the band.

If you are a former member of the band and would like to attend, please visit the band’s website,, or Facebook page for more details. Or, if you can’t attend but would like to share a memory or send a message, please post these on the band’s Facebook page, or email to

Thanks, and maybe we’ll see you there…


Fed up with the football? How about a day out in London rounded off by a brass band concert in aid of a great cause, the Alzheimers Society.

Join Friary Guildford Brass Band, the band and songsters of Regent Hall Salvation Army and BBC Radio 2’s Frank Renton at “The Rink” in Oxford Street on Saturday 2nd July.

See our Events/What’s On page for more info
FGB Summer

02. June 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

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Shanklin Town Brass Band has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, for its work in the community to promote Brass Band Music amongst young musicians.

The QAVS is the equivalent to the band being awarded an MBE.

In addition to providing low cost music tuition to budding musicians at its Saturday morning Brass Academy the band, which itself became a charity in 2011, also supports many other Isle of Wight charities and organisations in their fund-raising efforts. The band’s current home is the Grade II listed Rylstone Chalet which is currently being restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers. The band is proud to promote both Shanklin and the Island whenever it competes in brass band contests on the Mainland.

Malcolm and Karen Lewis, together with their daughter Charlotte, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May where they met the Queen and other recipients of this year’s award.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Shanklin Town Brass Band is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Recipients of the award range from a War Memorial Community Trust which provides social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland. The number of awards given in 2016 is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

Shanklin Town Brass Band will receive their award from the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight later this summer.

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For further information on the awards, see the QAVS website