scaba Contests in 2015

By on November 8, 2014 | Category: Announcements,Featured Posts,News | No Comments
scaba Contests in 2015

There will be some changes to scaba’s contesting calendar in 2015.
Our Solo, Quartet & Ensemble competition has grown steadily over the past few years, with requests for additional classes, whilst at the same time entries for the Spring Contest have been declining. scaba have been lucky to have The Hawth theatre in Crawley available as our permanent contesting base for a couple of years now, but unfortunately the theatre is not available for our planned Spring Contest date next year.
The scaba team has decided to trial splitting the SQ&E into two separate events for 2015. The solo competition will take place at the usual time in February, with additional duet sections. The quartet and ensemble competition will take place on what would have been the weekend of the Spring contest. Both the Solo/Duet and Quartet/Ensemble contests will be held at St Paul’s Catholic College in Burgess Hill.
There will be two full band contests in 2015, in May and September. Contest Manager Jane Stewart will be emailing all of our member bands’ secretaries to ask if they would prefer the May contest to be Entertainments or Own Choice. Regardless of format, there will be a full band contest on 17th May at The Hawth.
Full details of each contest will be listed in the Events section of this website.
Schedules for the first event, the Solo and Duet competition, will be forwarded to band secretaries later this month.

2015 Contests:

Sat 14th February: Solo & Duet competition, St. Paul’s College, Burgess Hill (schedule released in November 14)
Sat 25th April: Quartet & Ensemble contest, St. Paul’s College, Burgess Hill
Sun 17th May: Band Contest, format tbc, Hawth Theatre
Sun 13th September: Autumn Contest, Own choice, Hawth Theatre

LGB in Concert with Gordon Campbell ~ 25th October

By on October 8, 2014 | Category: Announcements,Featured Posts,News | No Comments
LGB in Concert with Gordon Campbell ~ 25th October

LGB Brass invite you to a FREE concert at St John’s Sub Castro, Lewes on Saturday 25th October.

The concert will feature special guest soloist Gordon Campbell.
One of the country’s finest trombonists, Gordon has been lead trombone with the BBC Big Band since 1984 and has played alongside a host of stars including Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald and Robbie Williams. Most recently, he has been appointed Professor of Trombone at the Royal Marines School of Music and the Royal Academy.

LGB Brass are based in Lewes, Sussex, and perform and compete locally, nationally and sometimes internationally! They are currently graded second section nationally, having become National Champions of Great Britain in the Third section in 2013.

This free concert will start at 7.30pm.
St John’s Sub Castro, Abinger Place, Lewes, BN7 2QA
Refreshments will be available and there will be a retiring collection for the band.

for more information contact

Gordon Campbell

Southern Counties Youth Band

By on October 7, 2014 | Category: Announcements,Featured Posts,News | No Comments
Southern Counties Youth Band

scaba recently launched a new project in support of local brass banding, the Southern Counties Youth Band (or SCYB) for young musicians in the south of England. The project is supported by leading conductors from brass bands around the area and staffed by scaba team members and volunteers from local brass bands.
The band is open to all young players of brass band instruments and percussion who would like the opportunity to develop their performance skills by rehearsing and performing with other like-minded young musicians. The band rehearses at The Hawth in Crawley on a monthly basis, and will finish its first year with a residential course and concert during next year’s school Easter holidays in April.
The band held its inaugural rehearsal on 14th September, which was attended by 22 young musicians.  scaba President Norman Every and our team of 5 conductor/tutors were very pleasantly surprised that the 22 young players were such as to form an almost perfect band in terms of numbers and seating, and delighted that they gelled together so well as a band.  The tutors were impressed with the band’s sight-reading and their response to each conductor, producing some good warm sounds and rising to the challenge of some quite difficult music.
The future is bright for this very promising new band and everyone is looking forward to our next rehearsals on 19th October and 23rd November.
The SCYB is always open to new members; anybody interested can download our information pack from the Schedules & Resources section of this website.
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