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


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 secretary@lgbbrass.co.uk

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.


 
It is with great sadness that I share news of my old friend David Hughes who suffered a stroke earlier in May and died in hospital yesterday, 2nd June at the age of 76.
 
Born in Newbridge, Caerphilly, the ultimate Jack of all Trades started his working life as a coal miner and became an accomplished trombonist, keyboard player, writer, gardening expert, conductor, boxer and wrestler! David lived in the South East of England for many years and was associated with several bands in the area including working with Uckfield Concert Brass, Oxted, Horsham and Mid Sussex Brass as Musical Director. Well known for his wit and enthusiasm, David was also a talented composer and arranger; his music can be found in many band libraries and his sublime arrangement of Ave Maria as a cornet section feature was recorded by Black Dyke on their CD ‘Revelations’.

David spent the last 8 years of his life in Pattaya, Thailand, but he kept in close touch with his friends back in Britain and continued to write and arrange music for brass. He also supported a number of tours by the Desford band to his new home town. David will be laid to rest in a Thai funeral.
 
David will be fondly remembered as a strong character and great musician, a Welshman with music in his heart and fire in his soul. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to David’s wife Nuch and his family and friends at this sad time.

Alex Stevens

scaba’s annual Entertainment contest took place at The Hawth today, with bands playing a great selection of music to an appreciative audience of their peers and adjudicators Glyn and Helen Williams on their first visit to a scaba event.
 
Glyn and Helen had a total of 100 points available to award each performance, with Glyn judging the bands’ Musical Performance (max. 60 marks) and Helen casting her expert eye over their Content/Entertainment Value (max. 30 marks) and Presentation & Deportment (max. 10)
 

FULL RESULTS:

 
B Section (Youth, 3rd & 2nd Section)
 
1. Amersham, Paul Fisher. 92 points (54, 30, 10 – 2 time penalties)*
2. LGB Brass, Ian Stewart. 88 points (52, 27, 9)
3. Crystal Palace, Danny Wakefield. 78 points (44, 25,9)
4. St Sebastian Wokingham, Nigel Howard. 76 points (48, 21, 7)**
5. Brighton & Hove City Brass, Matthew Hackett. 76 points (46, 23, 7)**
6. Chichester City, Rom Stanko. 72 points (42, 22, 8)
– Hangleton Youth – played for adjudication only
 
Best Soloist: Jon Smith, Euphonium, LGB Brass
Best Trombone Section: LGB Brass
Best Compere/Conductor: Nigel Howard, St Sebastian Wokingham
 
A Section(1st & Championship section)
 
1. Otterbourne Brass, Melvin White. 91 points (56, 27, 8)**
2. Bedford Town, Steve Philips. 91 points (54, 28, 9)**
3. Sandhurst Silver, Andrew Porter. 86 points (51, 26, 9)
4. Tilbury, Ben Jones. 80 points (47, 26, 7)
– Horsham Borough – Withdrawn
 
Best Soloist: Nick West, Trombone, Otterbourne
Best Performed March: Otterbourne
Best Conductor: Melvin White, Otterbourne
Highest unplaced 1st Section band: Tilbury
Highest placed scaba member band: Otterbourne
 
*Bands exceeding the 24 minute time limited were penalised -1 point for each 30 seconds (or part thereof) over time.
**In the event of bands being awarded the same total points, the mark for Music is the tie-breaker

 
 
The Best Conductor in the A section was awarded a new trophy, the Kenneth Dennison Memorial Cup, donated by Andy Wooler in memory of former scaba President Ken Dennison who died last October.
 
During the B Section results ceremony, a special presentation was made to Colin and Sybil Morrison, stalwarts of the scaba Executive Committee and the London & Southern Counties regional teams, honouring 50 years of service to brass banding.
 
 
Thank you to Glyn and Helen, to all the competitors who worked so hard and performed so well, and to the scaba and Hawth teams for a very enjoyable day; we look forward to seeing you again at our Autumn contest in September!