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.

The Southern Counties Youth band has been thriving and growing since its inception by scaba President Norman Every in 2014, and last week successfully completed its 3rd annual residential course at St Catherine’s School in Bramley under the musical direction of renowned conductor, composer and percussionist Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

Paul, paying his first visit to SCYB, rehearsed a full program of music including a number of his own compositions and the action-packed course was a challenge for band members both technically and physically. In addition to rehearsing demanding pieces such as Philip Sparke’s classic ‘A Malvern Suite’ and his own brand of high-energy music, Paul led a percussion workshop and gave a presentation to the full course giving an insight into his world of professional composing for both brass and TV. He also found time to join the band’s trombonists on Swanee Whistle for a unique performance of ‘The Acrobat’ to raise funds for Stephen Sykes’ campaign!

The course culminated in a concert to a packed audience in the stunning Anniversary Hall at the band’s home for the week, St Catherine’s School in Bramley. Highlights of the concert included the percussion feature, Kevin Tuck’s ‘Summon the Spirits’ and a stunning rendition of the Lament from Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater by solo euphonium Alex Crick, along with a selection of Paul’s music which was fun both for the band to play and the audience to listen to. During the concert Paul also presented a number of special awards to band members, including SCYB’s Player of the Week, Tenor Horn player Freya Davies-Wolfe (Shepway Brass Academy) and Most Improved player, trombonist Jack Humberstone (LGB Brass).

The band responded enthusiastically to Paul’s energetic and inspirational leadership, making fantastic progress over four days of rehearsals and performing superbly in the end of course concert. Several players have already asked when we can have Paul back to work with us again – and not just the percussionists! Two of the band even kept diaries during the course, and have given permission for us to share some excerpts:

“It was great, the tutors were really helpful and the conductor was great”
“it was very full on and tiring but it was great fun, Paul has been very funny”
“we played our concert and it was great fun! It went really well”
“I really enjoyed this experience and I hope to do it again next year!”


Huge thanks go to our home for the week, St Catherine’s; to the SCYB  team: Norman Every & Lisa Baker, and tutors Richard Baker, Mark & Natalie Hall, Ian Lanceley, Bruce Morrison & Alex Stevens; to the members of the band for working so hard and performing so brilliantly, and of course to our Musical Director Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

photos credit: Chris Cannings

The SCYB Easter Residential course led by renowned percussionist, conductor and composer Paul Lovatt-Cooper starts on Monday 10th April in the stunning setting of St Catherine’s School, Bramley near Guildford.

Join us in supporting the future of brass banding at SCYB’s free end of course concert, 7pm on Thursday 13th April

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
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
Closing date for applications 26th March