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

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of scaba Vice President Pam Taylor on 14th November.
Pam was the wife of John Taylor, an active member of both scaba and the Burgess Hill (latterly Mid Sussex) brass band, and our Chairman for many years.  Not a player herself, Pam was a loyal supporter of her husband’s banding and became a valued member of the scaba team.  She was a familiar and friendly face at our contests and other events for many years, quietly and efficiently getting on with whatever job was needed – from greeting bands at reception to making the tea!  Following John’s passing in 2002, Pam accepted the honorary position of Vice President of the Association and continued to follow our activities with interest.
Pam was well respected and much loved in her home town of Burgess Hill.  She was active in the local community and with the Burgess Hill Royal British Legion (particularly the Women’s Section), an interest she maintained  after moving to Heathfield.   She will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate to know her and by her family who have our deepest sympathy.
Pam’s funeral will be held on Monday 11th December. 
There will be a service at Downs Crematorium, Bear Road, Brighton at 11.00am followed by a Memorial Service at St Johns Church, Burgess Hill at 1.00pm with music by the Mid Sussex Band.
The family have requested flowers or donations to the Chestnut Tree Hospice for Terminally Ill Children, which can be made c/o Heathfield Funeral Services: Hailsham Road, Heathfield, TN21 8AE; tel. 01435 862648

scaba is the local association for brass bands in the South East of England, and we don’t just organise contests!

Benefits to our member bands include:

♪ Funding and organisation of the Southern Counties Youth Band, with discounted subs for players from member bands

♪ Free advertising on the scaba website and social media

♪ Free information and resources

♪ Discounted tickets for workshops and other events

♪ Priority entry and discounted fees for scaba contests

♪ scaba is a member of Brass Bands England

Membership of the Association is just £85 a year for Senior Bands and £40 for Youth Bands (with discounts for connected groups).

Join today and help us to help you – the Membership form can be downloaded here:
scaba Membership Form 2018

Due to changing work commitments, LGB Brass is looking for a committed BBb bass player to join their ranks.

This friendly band based in Lewes, East Sussex, has a sensible mixture of concerts, marches and contests as well as the opportunity to take part in smaller ensemble work.

There’s an instrument available and just waiting for someone to play.
If you are interested in coming along for a blow, or would just like to find out more, please contact the band secretary Jane.

Amersham Band is making good progress with their Bandroom Project to build a new Bandroom and start a Brass Academy.
The band has secured a long lease on some land and obtained full planning permission. Fundraising is the focus now – their current fund-raising tally stands at £116,000 in cash and in-kind pledges, and the band has recently applied for some larger grants.
Amersham Band is currently through to the voting round for the Aviva Community Fund in the £25,000 category, and they need your help voting for the Bandrom Project to secure funding. The band is doing well and is currently in 6th position out of 83 projects!
Please support the band and vote HERE (Login or register to get your 10 votes); and visit the Amersham website for more information on the band’s activities and this innovative project.

scaba are delighted to be hosting a workshop by Dr Roger Webster at the HAWTH THEATRE in Crawley on SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER, during which he will be addressing methods of warming up, preparing pieces for performances, and how to prepare ourselves.
Sincere apologies to anyone who has tried to apply for the workshop already and not had any reply. Its come to our attention that we’ve had a technical glitch with the website emails, and messages sent to haven’t all been getting through. Please re-send your information to
The workshop will start at 10.00 am and continue until 2.00 pm, with a lunch break. The restaurant area in the Hawth will provide a full menu over lunchtime.
The cost of this workshop will be £5.00, discounted to £3.00 for members of scaba bands. Payment to be collected on the day please.
Players of any age, any standard and any brass instrument are welcome – and please bring your instrument with you.
If you would like to attend on Saturday 28th October, please contact asap. with the following details: