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PRESS RELEASE 12/03/2020: scaba Response to COVID-19.

SCYB Easter Course and scaba Solo, Quartet & Ensemble Competition Cancelled.

After careful consideration of our duty of care to participants and volunteers, and consultation with local councils and other advisors, scaba has made the difficult decision to cancel both the Southern Counties Youth Band (SCYB) Easter Residential course and the Solo, Quartet and Ensemble competition due to take place in April.

In light of increasing concerns about, and spread of, the COVID-19 virus, we felt this was the best way to proceed during such an unprecedented global situation. We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold these events for the young players and community bandsmen and women in our area, but I am confident that we have made the right decision based on the available information at this time.

Plans will be made to reschedule both the Youth Band course and the competition later in the year, once the situation becomes more stable.

Alex Sears


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.

scaba works hard to put the interests of its member bands and brass players first, and there’s a lot more to us than just contesting! The association is a member of Brass Bands England (BBE) and has representatives on the committee of the London & Southern Counties region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. A year in the life of scaba typically includes brass band contests, a Solo and Quartet competition, monthly rehearsals and an Easter residential course for SCYB, workshops and our new Non-competitive Festival, #BordeHillBrassFest.

scaba is run by a team of volunteers and we can’t keep going or offer more services to our local bands without some support! Membership of the association helps to support all of our activities including the Southern Counties Youth Band and development of new, no-competitive events.

In return for a small subscription, members of scaba enjoy the following benefits:

♪    Free advertising on the scaba website and social media

♪    Discounted subs for SCYB

♪    Free information, advice and resources

♪    Priority entry and discounted tickets for workshops and other events

♪    Priority entry and discounted fees for scaba contests

Membership of the Association is just £90 a year for Senior Bands and £45 for Youth Bands (with discounts for connected groups).  The application form can be downloaded HERE.

The Southern Counties Youth Band

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.

Help Us to Help You!.
Our regular quarterly meetings are held at The Hawth in Crawley. Anyone with an interest in brass banding in the South of England is welcome to join us to share thoughts, ideas and plans for the future of YOUR local association. We want to work for all bands and banders in the South East, and that means all of your voices and opinions are important to us. Please come along and #HelpUstoHelpYou!
The Southern Counties Youth Band is always open to new members, you don't have to be in a scaba member band! Read more about the band and download your membership pack and application form here:
Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial Bursary
scaba is proud to present this initiative to support and encourage young players in membership of the National Youth Brass Band and National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain.