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

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.

If you’re in or near London on Sunday, treat yourself to a trip to Fulham to see guest soloist Davur Magnussen, principal trombone of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, performing a new transcription of the Grondhal Concerto, Bluebells of Scotland and Pure Imagination (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) with the Fulham Brass Band. It will be a fantastic afternoon of music making!


At our recent Spring contest, It gave the scaba team great pleasure to present Janet Blackford with a thoroughly deserved award for 50 years service to brass banding.

Janet started her banding career with Godalming Band and, with the encouragement of her parents Bob and Peggy Tucker, joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on Tenor Horn. In 1964 the family moved to Horsham and Bob and Janet joined the Horsham Borough Band. For a time, Janet also played in Handcross Band and she enjoyed many successful contest performances with both bands.

Janet played Tenor Horn with the Burgess Hill Brass Band in the 1980s, continuing to play and enjoy contesting success with them when the band merged with Haywards Heath Town Band to create Mid Sussex Brass Band in 1986. Janet stayed with Mid Sussex Brass through the 1990s and into the 2000s. She then enjoyed a spell with Heathfield Silver Band with her husband Doug, both serving on the Committee and playing in the Band.

Janet’s parents Bob and Peggy sadly both passed away during 2005. Colleagues from Janet and Doug’s many previous bands were able to join Mid Sussex Brass in playing at their funeral services. In memory of the Tucker’s service to brass banding over many years and for giving her the opportunity to play with the NYBB, Janet set up a Bursary to support young musicians from scaba member bands to take part in courses run by the National Youth and National Children’s Brass Bands of Great Britain.

Janet and Doug still regularly help at scaba contests and Janet continues to play at Mid Sussex Brass and at Mayfield Band where Doug recently became Conductor.


Founded in 1893, scaba (formerly known as the Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association) is the largest brass band association in the South of England, having approximately 40 bands in membership for whom it arranges regular contests and other events. In 1988, scaba introduced a scheme inviting member bands to nominate players who had contributed to the brass band movement through loyal service to bands over a period of at least 50 years, for recognition by the awarding of a scaba ‘50’Year Award certificate. Similar schemes have since been adopted by most of the amateur brass band associations in the UK. Since 1988, we have made more than 150 awards. Each of those players has served a minimum of 50 years in brass bands, equating to nearly 8,000 years of service between them, and they represent only the tip of an iceberg of commitment to brass banding across the South East of England.

Players like Janet Blackford reflect the lifetime appeal of playing in brass bands and set a wonderful example for the young musicians who follow them to secure the future of our brass band heritage.


Following another successful Easter course under the leadership of Ian Porthouse, the Southern Counties Youth Band is recruiting for the 2016/17 academic year.

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. Our ‘year’ starts in September and ends with a residential course at Easter. We don’t meet in the summer term because of exams and holidays.

The players come from a big area – stretching from Oxfordshire and London down to the South coast. We rehearse near the centre of the area in Crawley which is easy for everyone to get to.
Rehearsals are from 10am-4pm where players have the opportunity to play a wide range of music under the direction of an excellent team of conductors and tutors.

There is a modest annual membership charge of just £15 per year, which helps to cover admin expenses, music and rehearsal venues. The optional residential course is £110 which includes 4 days/3 nights accommodation, all meals, the use of the venue’s excellent facilities (sports hall, swimming pool etc) and all tuition from our tutors and a top class musical director.

Membership of the band is open to anyone aged 11 to 18* who plays a brass band instrument to grade 5 standard. (*younger players may be considered depending on playing ability).

If you have any questions about the band please feel free to email our co-ordinator Norman at If you’re interested in joining us in September, an Information Pack and the Application Form are downloadable from these links or the Banding Resources page of this website.