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


Despite the arson attack on their band hut last October, Oxted Band has kept going and has not missed an engagement or a rehearsal. Re-building work is well under way and the band should be back in their home by Easter.

Oxted band is pleased to announce the latest concert in their Stars of Brass series, to be held on Saturday 6th May at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Hurst Green (Surrey) RH8 9EA.

In the latest concert, the band is coming close to home and will feature a special guest soloist, trumpeter Matilda Lloyd. In 2014, Matilda won the Brass Category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and also the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award. Following these competitions, Matilda has performed as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Friday Night is Music Night on Radio 2 and with the Cory Brass Band at the European Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Perth, Scotland, 2014.
Matilda has appeared many times on television and on BBC Radio 2, including an appearance on the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show. She briefly played with the Oxted Band, sitting as co-principal cornet, before her star ascended to the stratosphere!

Join the band for a great night with a young, local soloist who is rapidly making a name for herself as a soloist around the world.

Tickets priced at £10 for adults (children £5) can be purchased from White’s Estate Agents in Oxted, or on the door. Refreshments will be available in the interval.

For more details, please visit www.oxtedband.co.uk or e-mail secretary@oxtedband.co.uk

The past few weeks have seen around 15,000 bandsmen and women compete in 8 regions across the country for qualification to the finals of the National Championships of Great Britain, and gradings. scaba member bands competed in the West of England regional in Torquay and the London & Southern Counties (LSC) region in Stevenage.
 
scaba are delighted and proud to count 2 Regional Champion bands and 7 National Finalists amongst our members in 2017:
In the 4th section, Shanklin Town Band will represent the West of England following a 3rd place in Torquay, and they will be joined by the London & Southern Counties champions Regent Community Brass.
Fairlop Brass secured a trip to the finals with a 3rd place in the LSC 3rd Section, and Amersham and Otterbourne both go forward to the 2nd section finals following their 2nd places in Stevenage and Torquay.
Not to be outdone by their community band, Regent Brass will represent LSC in the First section finals with a well deserved 2nd place yesterday.
 
We applaud all these bands on a fantastic set of results, and wish them the best of luck for the National Finals in Cheltenham in September.
 
The final qualifier from scaba will represent the LSC region in the Championship section finals. Congratulations to Friary Guildford band on winning their 3rd successive Regional title and earning a 5th consecutive appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in October.
 
 
see the Regional Championships website for all regions’ full results and official grading tables.


Brass banders all over the country are being asked to #swabforsykes in support of former Tredegar trombone star Stephen Sykes who is battling the blood cancer Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as Leukemia, Lymphoma or Myeloma. Registering and having a swab done to be sent off for match analysis takes just a few minutes of your time, but could potentially make a life-changing difference to Stephen or one of thousands of others. If you’re aged 18-50, you can register as a potential donor now by visiting DKMS online, or visit the swab station at the L&SC Regional contest in Stevenage this coming weekend.

Stephen has had so much support from the brass band movement all over the world already, with hundreds of banders registering online to get swab kits by post, and visiting swab stations at the Regional contests. If you haven’t already registered, please spare 10 minutes of your time this contest week to join the fight and see if you could be a life saving donor.

The Southern Counties Youth Band (SCYB) is returning to St Catherine’s School in Bramely for its third residential course from 10th – 13th April.
 
 
This year’s course will be led by the renowned percussionist, composer and band trainer Paul Lovatt-Cooper, supported by our regular team of tutors.
You can find out more about Paul at his website www.plcmusic.com.
 
 
The Residential Course fee is £110 per student. This includes 3 night’s accommodation, all tuition and use of the excellent facilities provided at the school.
This low cost is made possible by financial support from scaba and the generosity of the SCYB tutors who give their time free of charge.
 
 
The course will end with a free concert on Thursday 13th April.
 
 
All players aged 11-18 are welcome – you can join SCYB even if your band isn’t a member of scaba.
For more info please contact normanev@hotmail.co.uk
Closing date for applications 26th March
 

With the Regional qualifying contests of the National Championships of GB fast approaching, we’ve had a number of queries about rules and timelines affecting registration of new players.
 
All players competing in the London & Southern Counties Regional contest in Stevenage must be registered with the Brass Band Players Registry (BBP) by Friday 10th March; the last registration date for bands in the West of England is Friday 3rd March.
 
Please remember that players may NOT be registered with more than one band (this includes registration with different bands under the BBP and scaba Registries), and each player can only compete in one regional contest in one year.
 
 
The relevant rules are outlined below for your information:
 
National Championships of GB Rules:
 
9 a) All players taking part in the Contest must be registered with only ONE accredited Registry at least 7 days before the Friday of the contest weekend and may only compete with the band that holds their Registration.
 
9 b) A player may play with only ONE band in any ONE series of Regional Championships
 
 
BBP Registry Rules:
 
4 Each player who is a contesting member of a band must be registered and hold a valid registration card.
 
5 No player shall be registered with more than one band at any one time.
 
 
scaba Rules:
 
1.2 scaba registry is open only to member bands and players who do not belong to an accredited National Registry.
 
4.1 Any player may only be registered with one band and one registry, and may only compete with one band except as qualified in Rule 2.2 and 2.5 – Youth Bands) and under the Day Transfer Rules.
 
5.4 The band registering any player, either annually or additionally, is responsible for ensuring that the player is not also registered with any other band under either the scaba Registry or any Accredited National Registry. Failure to check, and if necessary effect a proper transfer, may result in disqualification at subsequent contests.