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

Formed in 1893 as the “Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association”, scaba is the local association for brass bands in the South East of England. Any brass bands in the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London Boroughs, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire are eligible for membership.

The objects of scaba are to raise musical standards, foster the spirit of good fellowship amongst members, undertake the organisation or supervision of brass band contests in the area and to obtain for our member bands all possible advantages and privileges consequent upon an organised combination.
scaba is a member of Brass Bands England (formerly the British Federation of Brass Bands) and has representatives on the committee of the London & Southern Counties region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

scaba has always been a very active association and works hard to put the interests of its member bands and brass players first.  scaba is proud to have formed the Southern Counties Youth Band in 2014, providing young players from all over the region the opportunity to learn from talented brass teachers and musicians and perform to new audiences.  More information about the youth band can be found on the SCYB page of this website, and new players are always very welcome.

A year in the life of scaba typically includes three brass band contests:  the Spring Contest which in 2018 is moving to February, the Entertainment Contest in May and an Autumn Contest in late September.  We have an annual Solo and Quartet contest which will be returning towards the end of 2018, and our year is often rounded off in November with a Workshop.  


The Southern Counties Youth Band

The SCYB was set up by scaba to encourage young brass players to improve their playing ability and to have fun making music.

The band meets once a month on a Sunday from September to April, ending with a residential course and public concert at Easter. 

Membership of the band is open to anyone aged 11 to 18 who plays a brass band instrument to at least grade 4 standard.  Look in the SCYB section of the website for more news, photos and information & application packs.


Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial Bursary
scaba is proud to present an initiative to encourage and assist young players to experience a unique opportunity that will help them achieve greater awareness of their playing capabilities and future prospects on their chosen instrument.
scaba ‘Band of the Year’ competition
The competition will be open to all bands who are paid-up members of scaba for the current year. To win the prize, a band must compete in both the Spring Contest and the Autumn Contest, in the same year
Contesting & Registration
Our rules for the registration of bands, players and conductors together with downloadable forms can be found in our Contesting Pages.