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

The Southern Counties Youth Band (SCYB) has been thriving since scaba President Norman Every started it in 2014, and looks set to get even bigger and better in the coming year. New members are always welcome to come and join the fun!
Norman has retired from running the band since moving out of the area, but the rest of the team of experienced tutors and dedicated volunteers will be back supporting the band under the expert guidance of our conductors Ian Lanceley and Richard Baker. We have a full calendar of monthly rehearsals from September to March, with a concert in February and our 4th annual residential course confirmed for April 2018. All dates are listed in the SCYB Membership Pack and on the Events section of this website.

Membership of SCYB is open to any young brass band musicians aged from 11 to 18 and of at least grade 4 standard. Your band does not have to be a member of scaba.

For more information and a membership application form, you can download a Membership Pack HERE or from the SCYB page.

Cornet supremo Roger Webster is currently touring the country, sponsored by Besson, to pass on his vast knowledge and experience to the benefit of the brass band movement as a whole.
Roger was principal cornet with the CWS Glasgow and Black Dyke bands before moving to Grimethorpe Colliery Band where he has been principal cornet for the last eight years. He has also made a number of appearances with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his career as a trumpet and cornet player, Roger is also a Doctor of Psychology specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and psychotherapy relating to the needs of musicians including performance anxiety.
scaba are delighted to be hosting a workshop by Roger at the HAWTH THEATRE on SATURDAY 28th OCTOBER, during which he will be addressing methods of warming up, preparing pieces for performances, and how to prepare ourselves.
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.
All players are welcome, of any age, of any standard and any brass instrument, and please bring your instrument with you. We will be capping the number of people attending at 40, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Please fill in the ENTRY FORM which can be downloaded from this link, and send it to the postal or email address on the form.

Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band is looking to strengthen its bottom end.

It’s a great spot for an established player or a development opportunity if you’re looking to expand your playing within a supportive environment.

We have an Bb bass waiting to be played; if you’re an Eb player, you’ll need to bring your own.

If you’re interested in this, or would like to find out more, get in touch with our secretary Jane on

We’re a friendly band, playing concerts and contesting throughout the year. We rehearse Thursday 8-10 p.m. at All Saints Centre, Lewes.

scaba Vice President John Pickett sadly passed away at the end of June.

John had been a playing member of the Egham Band and served as their Secretary for more than 20 years. Always passionate about brass banding, John was a driving force behind the building of Egham’s own band room which was opened by the Queen Mother.

John became involved with scaba (then the Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association) through his membership of Egham, first representing his band at association meetings in the Mid Sixties. He became Secretary in 1980 and was dedicated to the Association for many years, serving with distinction as Secretary and later as Contest Manager as PRO. Although no longer directly involved in the running of scaba in recent years, John was proud to be appointed Vice President of the association and he maintained an active interest in scaba’s activities.

A warm and dedicated man at the heart of the association for more than three decades, John will be fondly remembered and sadly missed. The Executive Committee of scaba honoured John’s memory with a minute of silent reflection to open the Quarterly Forum meeting held last weekend.

John’s funeral will be held on Thursday 13th July at 4.15pm at Woking Crematorium, Hermitage Road, St. John’s, Woking, GU21 8TJ.

On Saturday 9th July, players from the Southern branch of Boobs and Brass will be joining the ‘March for Life’ Band to support thousands of runners, shufflers and walkers taking part in the Portsmouth 5km Race for Life on Southsea Common.

If you’d like to join the fun, please register for the event at Portsmouth Race for Life and check out the flyer below for Band contact details.