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

The Festive Season is Godalming Band’s latest CD, officially released to the public on Saturday 19th November 2016 at a special launch concert in Cranleigh.


The music spans almost 600 years and many different styles of Christmas from traditional carols to jazz, and features three pieces recorded for the first time including a beautiful new ensemble arrangement of Hark! and a new piece written especially for the album by the band’s MD James Haigh

The recording and marketing of this CD is part of Godalming band’s current drive to help further raise its profile in the local area and to help raise funds for the purchase of new uniforms in 2017 when the band will celebrate its 80th anniversary. You can buy the CD from Godalming band at any of their events leading up to Christmas, and it is also available from local stockists Record Corner in Godalming town centre for £10.

Visit the band’s Website for more information and a full track listing.

The funeral of former scaba President Kenneth Dennison took place yesterday at Barham Crematorium near Canterbury. scaba was represented by Contest Manager, Jane Stewart.

The ceremony was simple and elegant: Howard Wilson, former Solo Horn and Secretary of the City of Coventry Band gave the eulogy. In it, he recalled Ken’s banding days, from Rothwell Temperance, The RAF Central Band, Fairey’s, Coventry and latterly, Thornbury and Uckfield. He also alluded to Ken’s time as President of scaba, and how proud he was to have held the post.

Our thoughts are with his wife and family.


In the wake of the arson attack on the Oxted band hut in early October, the band performed a very successful Autumn Concert on 29th October.

Oxted Band are pleased to announce that their CHRISTMAS CONCERT will be held on Saturday 10th December at 3pm at St John’s Church, Church Way, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9EA.
They shall be playing arrangements of some of your favourite carols and Christmas tunes, and there will be lots of opportunities to join in and sing along with the band. The concert will also feature Oxted’s Training Band, many of whom will be performing in public for the first time, so please come along and give them some encouragement.

Tickets are £5 for adults, with accompanied children under 12 free, available on the door or through Whites Estate Agents in Oxted.
Refreshments will be served after the concert, when you will have the chance to meet the band over a cup of tea and a mince pie!

For more details, please visit the band’s website
or e-mail

Dates have now been confirmed for all scaba full band contests in 2017, 18 & 19.

Please note that the Spring contest will be in April again in 2017, and then move to the end of FEBRUARY in 2018 & 2019. This earlier date could be an ideal opportunity for bands to get some performance practice and adjudicators’ feedback on your area test pieces!

See our Contesting page and Events listing for dates and more information.

Former President of scaba Kenneth (Ken) Dennison died in hospital on Tuesday 18th October at the age of 86 years, following a short illness.

Ken was a Yorkshireman who built a fine reputation in the brass band world as a trombonist, conductor and adjudicator. He won the Alexander Owen Memorial Fund Scholarship in 1946 and played with Rothwell Temperance, Brighouse and Rastrick and the RAF Central Band before joining Fairey Aviation Works Band on principal trombone in 1951. Ken was part of Faireys’ many successes both as a player and as conductor, a position he held from 1968 – 76, including 5 British Open wins and 4 National Champions of GB titles.

Following his tenure at Faireys, Ken enjoyed further success with a number of bands including City of Coventry, Brodsworth Colliery and St Austell. He also worked as an adjudicator at every level from local and youth contests to the finals of the National Championships of GB and the European Championships.

In 1978 Ken was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians of the City of London for services to Brass Bands.

Moving to the South East in the mid 1970s with his wife Barbara, Ken became involved with scaba through his work as an adjudicator and his role as Musical Director of the Uckfield band and later Betteshanger Colliery band. He played a leading role in inaugurating the scaba solo contests in 1982 in Folkestone which had become his home town, and the following year he became a Vice President of the Association. In 1992, following the death of our then President Harry Mortimer, Ken accepted the role of President and served the association in that role until 2006.

During his time with scaba Ken played a very active part in all of our activities and did all he could to promote the work of the association. He is fondly remembered as a fine musician, mentor and a gentleman and will be sadly missed.

Ken’s funeral will be held at Barham Crematorium near Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QU at 4pm on Tuesday 15th November.