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

The 2017 Autumn Contest was held on 24th September at The Hawth in Crawley.
Many thanks to adjudicator Dr David Lancaster, the scaba team, Hawth staff and of course the competing bands for a smooth-running, enjoyable day of music making.
Full Result:
Third Section
1. Godalming, James Haigh
w  Simon Langton Brass, David Cutting
w  Cobham, Glenn Hayter
Best Conductor – James Haigh
Best Hymn Tune, Best Instrumentalist Nathan John (Trombone), Best Back Row Cornets, Best Percussion – Godalming
Youth Section
w  Shepway Brass Academy
Second Section
1. Poole Borough, Martin Portman
2. LGB Brass, Ian Stewart
3. Epping Forest, Keith Schroeter
4. Yiewsley & West Drayton, Chris Cole
5. Godalming, James Haigh
6. Hangleton, Richard Baker
Best Hymn Tune – LGB Brass
Best Instrumentalist – Dick Baczala (cornet), Poole Borough
Best Horn Section – Epping Forest
Best Solo Horn – Michael Kenyon – Poole Borough
Best Percussion – Godalming
Best Conductor – Martin Portman – Poole Borough
First Section
1. Sandhurst Silver, Andrew Porter
2. Horsham Borough, Mark McLauchlin
3. BAE Systems, Melvin White
4. Brassband Euterpe Merchtem, Roland van Buggenhout
5. Epsom & Ewell, Paul Graham
6. Alder Valley Brass, Lee Woodward
7. Egham, Gareth Green
Best Hymn Tune – Brassband Euterpe
Best Instrumentalist – Steve Burgess (cornet), Alder Valley
Best Euphonium – Brian le Tissier, Sandhurst
Best Bass Section – Egham
Best Conductor – Andrew Porter, Sandhurst
Highest Placed scaba Member Band – Horsham Borough
Championship Section
1. Friary Guildford, Chris King
2. Thundersley, Nigel Taken
3. Fulham, John Ward
Best Hymn Tune – Friary Guildford
Best Instrumentalist – Simon Tong (Soprano), Friary Guildford
Best Percussion – Friary Guildford
Best Euphonium – Hannah Morton, Thundersley
Best Bass Section – Friary Guildford
Best Conductor – Chris King, Friary Guildford

Big & Brassy was set up to bring people together from small local bands to make new friends, learn new skills and to experience the concert atmosphere with a bigger band. Their next charity concert, planned for 15th April 2018, will be in aid of Brass for Africa. This well supported charity has provided many instruments for schools and training bands, but sadly many of the donated instruments come without mouthpieces, and others get lost or damaged.

Big & Brassy will be collecting donated mouthpieces at The Hawth in Crawley this Sunday 24th September so please do check your cases and cupboards and bring your spare and unwanted mouthpieces along!
You can find out more about Big & Brassy on their Facebook page:

The scaba Spring contest will be moving from its traditional April date to 25th February in 2018, giving bands an ideal opportunity to test-run their pieces for the Regional contests in March. The contest schedule and entry form will be circulated to scaba member bands and downloadable from the website at the end of December.
From 1st January 2018, scaba will be adopting the National registry and gradings for all contests.
The scaba registry and current ‘local’ gradings will cease to exist.
Bands graded Championship, 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th section for the National Brass Band Championships of GB will be graded as, and compete in, the same section for all scaba competitions starting with the Spring Contest in February 2018. Players in these bands must be registered with the Brass Band Players (BBP) Registry or another accredited National registry. Bands from outside Britain will compete in the same section as they are graded in for National competitions in their own country.
The scaba registry will be closed and scaba registration cards will no longer be valid. A new “Unregistered” section will be introduced for bands that do not compete in the National Championships and are not in the Regional grading tables or registered Nationally, and the scaba day transfer rules will be amended to include unregistered players and bands.
Please note that a player who is registered Nationally with a graded band may also play with a band in the ‘Unregistered’ section at scaba contests, but they will be counted as one of that band’s day transfers.
These changes to registrations and gradings will not affect Youth Bands.
Amendments to the contesting and day transfer rules will be confirmed at the next Quarterly Forum meeting on 29th October and then circulated to member bands and published on the scaba website. All member bands are encouraged to attend the forum meetings, and if you have any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact our Secretary Alex Stevens:

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.