Alder Valley Brass honour Roy Poole

By on August 4, 2014 | Category: Announcements,Featured Posts,News | No Comments
Alder Valley Brass honour Roy Poole

During a recent concert at Prince’s Hall in Aldershot, Alder Valley Brass MD presented Roy Poole with an inscribed photo in recognition of his outstanding service to the band. Ian Carter, representing scaba, presented Roy with a certificate honouring over 50 years service to brass bands.

Roy started his interest in music as a boy soprano singer and went on to become a professional tenor oratorio singer, and still enjoys singing now. Roy was a drummer in the 5th Army Cadet Queens Royal Regiment and England international drum major, leading the parade in Farnham on VJ day in 1946.

His relationship with the Aldershot brass band, now known as Alder Valley Brass, started when conductor and band founder George Prior learned that Roy had purchased a drum kit and asked him to play with the band at a concert in Cranleigh. At that time Roy was only a tipper drummer, but with help from George Prior and Bruce Gentry he played in that concert and never looked back.

Roy has played all over Europe with various bands and enjoyed playing with Aldershot on the BBC Two Ronnies show and Harry Worth’s “Oh Happy Band”. Concert and contest performances have been wide and varied with both Alder Valley and other local bands. For many years Roy played with the Tadley Band where he was chairman, and he is currently a member of the Hampshire Police Band.

scaba Autumn Contest

By on July 24, 2014 | Category: Announcements,Featured Posts,News | No Comments
scaba Autumn Contest

The scaba Autumn Contest will be taking place at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley on Sunday 28th September.
Our adjudicators for the day will be Paul Norley and Mike Kilroy.

This is an ‘own choice’ test piece contest, with entry limited to 30 bands. Entries are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority being given to scaba member bands for the next two weeks.

The contest schedule and scaba’s rules and conditions for contesting can be found in the Schedules and Resources section of this website. The schedule can also be accessed by clicking this link

Boobs Going South!

By on July 14, 2014 | Category: Announcements,News | No Comments
Boobs Going South!
Boobs & Brass will be making its first appearance south of the Watford Gap on Saturday 13th September at St. John’s Church, West Byfleet, in Surrey.
The all-female band, Boobs & Brass, was formed by Margaret Betts and Jane Nichols in Northampton in 2006. Their dream was to recruit enough brass-playing girls to form a band to perform in a one-off concert, raising funds for Breast Cancer Campaign.
There was so much interest in that band that one concert led to another, and another, and Boobs & Brass has now gained huge recognition for its charity work. Boobs & Brass has raised nearly £142,000 so far and show no signs of slowing down, with a new line-up formed using players from brass bands in the South of England.
This new branch of the Boobs & Brass movement has been organised by Gill English, tenor horn player from Horsham Borough Band who has been part of the original Boobs & Brass band for 5 years. Over 80 women responded to Gill’s appeal for players at the scaba Autumn contest, and the band is now rehearsing for its first concert which promises to be a lively, engaging performance!
The concert, a mixture of entertaining classics and lighter pieces, will be introduced by Carolyn Oldershaw and conducted by Dennis Wilby.
Don’t miss out!
Ticket numbers are limited so please contact Gill via email at:
Or by phone on: 01403 754663

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