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

Fed up with the football? How about a day out in London rounded off by a brass band concert in aid of a great cause, the Alzheimers Society.

Join Friary Guildford Brass Band, the band and songsters of Regent Hall Salvation Army and BBC Radio 2’s Frank Renton at “The Rink” in Oxford Street on Saturday 2nd July.

See our Events/What’s On page for more info
FGB Summer

horsham logoOur friendly and hard-working first section band has the following vacancies:

Musical Director

All other players are always welcome. We would love to hear from you.

We have a good mix of concerts and contests in our calendar each year and rehearse on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 8.15 till 10.15 at:
St Peters Hall,
Three Acres,
Blackbridge Lane,
Horsham, RH12 5PX

For more information, please contact Geoff or Kay Clarke on 01403 263620

Visit the website at, our Facebook page, and @HorshamBoroBand on Twitter

02. June 2016 · Write a comment · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

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Shanklin Town Brass Band has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, for its work in the community to promote Brass Band Music amongst young musicians.

The QAVS is the equivalent to the band being awarded an MBE.

In addition to providing low cost music tuition to budding musicians at its Saturday morning Brass Academy the band, which itself became a charity in 2011, also supports many other Isle of Wight charities and organisations in their fund-raising efforts. The band’s current home is the Grade II listed Rylstone Chalet which is currently being restored to its former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers. The band is proud to promote both Shanklin and the Island whenever it competes in brass band contests on the Mainland.

Malcolm and Karen Lewis, together with their daughter Charlotte, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on 24th May where they met the Queen and other recipients of this year’s award.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Shanklin Town Brass Band is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. Recipients of the award range from a War Memorial Community Trust which provides social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland. The number of awards given in 2016 is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

Shanklin Town Brass Band will receive their award from the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight later this summer.

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For further information on the awards, see the QAVS website

Southern brass band audiences will have two chances to see and hear the world famous Brighouse & Rastrick band in concert in the South East in June.
The multi-award winning band from Yorkshire will share the stage with the London & Southern Counties Regional Champions, Friary Guildford, in Camberley on Saturday 11th June and with the Amersham Band in High Wycombe on Sunday 12th June.

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More information on our Events/what’s on pages and the bands’ websites.

Full Results from the annual scaba Entertainment contest, held yesterday at The Hawth, Crawley:
‘B’ Section (scaba graded youth, 3rd & 2nd section bands)
1. Amersham, Paul Fisher, 88 points (54, 26, 8)
2. LGB Brass, Ian Stewart, 85 points (52, 25, 8)
3. Hangleton Band, Richard Baker, 83 points (51, 25, 7)
4. St Sebastian Wokingham, Lee Woodward, 81 points (50, 24, 7)
5. Hangleton Youth, Richard Baker, 79 points (48, 23, 8)
6. Verwood Town, Emma Button, 77 points (48, 22, 7)
7. Chichester City, Tim Cooper, 73 points (46, 21, 6)
8. Cobham Band, Glenn Hayter, 71 points (45, 20, 6)
W Egham Youth
Best Soloist: Alex Emberley, flugel, LGB
Best Trombone Section: Amersham
Best Compere/Conductor: Emma Carter, Hangleton Youth
Highest Unplaced 3rd Section band: Verwood Town
Highest placed Youth band: Hangleton Youth
Highest placed scaba member band: Amersham
‘A Section (scaba graded 1st & Championship section bands)
1. Verwood Concert Brass, Kevin Smith, 92 points (55, 28, 9)
2. Otterbourne, Melvin White, 90 points (54, 28, 8)
W Sandhurst Silver
W Yiewsley & West Drayton
Best Soloist: Amelia Young, flugel, Otterbourne
Best March: Otterbourne
Adjudicator Michael Fowles awarded marks for Musical performance (60), Entertainment Value (30) and Presentation & Deportment (10). He congratulated all the bands for presenting programmes which all made him smile, and was particularly impressed with the quality of all the soloists and the A section performances.
Thanks as ever to the scaba and Hawth teams and to all competing bands for a thoroughly enjoyable day, and congratulations to the prize winners.