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

Former President of scaba Kenneth (Ken) Dennison died in hospital on Tuesday 18th October at the age of 86 years, following a short illness.

Ken was a Yorkshireman who built a fine reputation in the brass band world as a trombonist, conductor and adjudicator. He won the Alexander Owen Memorial Fund Scholarship in 1946 and played with Rothwell Temperance, Brighouse and Rastrick and the RAF Central Band before joining Fairey Aviation Works Band on principal trombone in 1951. Ken was part of Faireys’ many successes both as a player and as conductor, a position he held from 1968 – 76, including 5 British Open wins and 4 National Champions of GB titles.

Following his tenure at Faireys, Ken enjoyed further success with a number of bands including City of Coventry, Brodsworth Colliery and St Austell. He also worked as an adjudicator at every level from local and youth contests to the finals of the National Championships of GB and the European Championships.

In 1978 Ken was awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians of the City of London for services to Brass Bands.

Moving to the South East in the mid 1970s with his wife Barbara, Ken became involved with scaba through his work as an adjudicator and his role as Musical Director of the Uckfield band and later Betteshanger Colliery band. He played a leading role in inaugurating the scaba solo contests in 1982 in Folkestone which had become his home town, and the following year he became a Vice President of the Association. In 1992, following the death of our then President Harry Mortimer, Ken accepted the role of President and served the association in that role until 2006.

During his time with scaba Ken played a very active part in all of our activities and did all he could to promote the work of the association. He is fondly remembered as a fine musician, mentor and a gentleman and will be sadly missed.

Ken’s funeral will be held at Barham Crematorium near Canterbury, Kent, CT4 6QU at 4pm on Tuesday 15th November.

Despite an arson attack on Oxted Band’s band hut on the afternoon of Wednesday 5th October, causing damage to the rear of the band room, their Autumn Concert will go ahead as planned on Saturday 29th October at St John’s Church, Church Way, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9EA at 7.30pm.
The damage to the hut was not as bad as it could have been, and the fire brigade were on hand quickly to put the fire out and limit it to the rear of the room. However the water used has caused a soggy mess of the room and of some of the music, and the band is assessing what they have lost. Obviously they cannot rehearse there for a while, but the generosity and support of the local community has been very strong, and they have been given the use of the school hall at Holland School for rehearsals up until Christmas.
The theme of this year’s concert is CLASSIC BRASS. The Oxted Band will not only be showcasing music from the great composers such as Dvorak and Borodin, but will also feature classics from the brass band repertoire including one of the all-time favourite marches, The Contestor by TJ Powell, and modern classics from the likes of Lennon & McCartney. There will be music to suit all tastes, and something for everyone to enjoy.
Refreshments will be served at the interval, and tickets at £10 for adults (£5 for children under 12) will be available on the door.
For more details, please visit
or call Peter on 07584 246501


Cranbrook Town band are pleased to announce Steve Sykes as guest soloist at this years concert supporting the Demelza charity.

Steve will also be running a Bass and Lower band workshop which is open to all “lower band” players.  Both events will take place in Cranbrook on 26th November.

Book early for the workshop as places are limited.



scaba’s annual Autumn Contest was held today, Sunday 25th September 2016, at the Hawth in Crawley.
Third Section – adjudicator Mike Kilroy
1. Simon Langton Brass, David Cutting (Dark Side of the Moon)
2. Brighton & Hove City Brass, Matthew Hackett (Dimensions)
3. Snowdown Colliery, Keith Twyman (A Malvern Suite)
4. Cobham, Glenn Hayter (Music for the Royal Fireworks)
W Bletchington Silver
W Gosport Solent Brass
Best Hymn Tune: Simon Langton Brass
Best Instrumentalist: Keith Pritchard, Cornet, Snowdown Colliery
Best Back Row Cornets: Snowdown Colliery
Best Bass Section: Simon Langton
Best Percussion : Simon Langton
Conductor’s Prize: David Cutting, Simon Langton
Youth Section – adjudicator Mike Kilroy
1. Shanklin Youth, Malcolm Lewis (Anglian Dances)
Best Instrumentalist: Alex Warner, solo cornet
Best Hymn Tune, Conductor’s Prize & Highest Placed scaba Member Band – Shanklin Youth
Second Section – adjudicator Mike Kilroy
1. LGB Brass, Ian Stewart (Images for Brass)
2. Regent Community Brass, Chris Bearman (Hollywood)
3. Godalming, James Haigh (Americana)
4. Shanklin Town, Malcolm Lewis (Occasion)
Best Hymn Tune: LGB
Best Instrumentalist: William Rowling, Tom-toms, Godalming
Best Horns, Best Basses: LGB
Best Percussion Section: Godalming
Best Solo Horn: Angela Holloway, LGB
Conductor’s Prize: Ian Stewart, LGB
First Section – adjudicator Dennis Wilby
1. Otterbourne, Melvin White (The Saga of Haakon the Good)
2. Horsham Borough, Mark McLaughlin (Purcell Variations)
3. Epsom & Ewell, Paul Graham (Purcell Variations)
4. BAE Systems Brass, Melvin White (Renaissance)
5. Egham, Gareth Greene (Daystar)
6. Tilbury, Ben Jones (Fire in the Blood)
Best Hymn Tune: Horsham
Best Instrumentalist: Ian Lanceley, Cornet, BAE
Best Euphonium: Graham Jones, Otterbourne
Conductor’s Prize: Melvin White, Otterbourne
Championship Section – adjudicator Dennis Wilby
1. Wantage Silver, Craig Patterson (Journey of the Lone Wolf)
2. Bournemouth Concert Brass, Matthew Brown (The Year of the Dragon)
3. Staines Brass, Dan Floyd (Paganini Variations)
4. Fulham, John Ward (Trittico)
5. Regent Brass, Andy Kershaw (English Heritage)
Best Hymn Tune:  Bournemouth
Best Instrumentalist:  Helen Wright, Flugel, Wantage
Best Percussion:  Wantage
Best Bass Section:  Bournemouth
Best Euphonium:  Sam Wyne, Wantage
Conductor’s Prize:  Craig Patterson, Wantage
scaba Band of the Year – LGB Brass