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

Forget the Ice Buckets, its all about the Acrobat Challenge now.
J.A. Greenwood’s classic trombone solo The Acrobat (maybe better known to Generation X as the theme tune to Jonny Briggs) is being performed and recorded around the world on trombones of all sizes, sackbutts, pBones and valved instruments in bedrooms, lounges, band rooms and on at least one tractor to raise money to fund vital treatment for Stephen Sykes, the talented young trombonist who is fighting the blood cancer Hodgkins Lymphona.

Everyone who accepts the challenge is posting the result on social media with a few nominations to spread the word and, most importantly, the promise to donate at least £5 to Stephen’s GoFundMe campaign.

To make it even easier for more people to take part, scaba will be presenting a group Acrobat Challenge at our Spring contest on 30th April. After each results ceremony, every trombone player in the building will be invited to join us on stage for a small donation and play The Acrobat together. Let’s see if we can set a record for the biggest group effort and raise a pile of cash for this great cause.

For more information about Stephen’s Journey, visit his Facebook page Here and see The Acrobat Challenge in action Here
And most importantly, please don’t forget to visit Stephen’s page at GoFundMe


Despite the arson attack on their band hut last October, Oxted Band has kept going and has not missed an engagement or a rehearsal. Re-building work is well under way and the band should be back in their home by Easter.

Oxted band is pleased to announce the latest concert in their Stars of Brass series, to be held on Saturday 6th May at 7.30pm in St John’s Church, Hurst Green (Surrey) RH8 9EA.

In the latest concert, the band is coming close to home and will feature a special guest soloist, trumpeter Matilda Lloyd. In 2014, Matilda won the Brass Category of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and also the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award. Following these competitions, Matilda has performed as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Friday Night is Music Night on Radio 2 and with the Cory Brass Band at the European Brass Band Championships Gala Concert in Perth, Scotland, 2014.
Matilda has appeared many times on television and on BBC Radio 2, including an appearance on the Chris Evans’ Breakfast Show. She briefly played with the Oxted Band, sitting as co-principal cornet, before her star ascended to the stratosphere!

Join the band for a great night with a young, local soloist who is rapidly making a name for herself as a soloist around the world.

Tickets priced at £10 for adults (children £5) can be purchased from White’s Estate Agents in Oxted, or on the door. Refreshments will be available in the interval.

For more details, please visit www.oxtedband.co.uk or e-mail secretary@oxtedband.co.uk

The past few weeks have seen around 15,000 bandsmen and women compete in 8 regions across the country for qualification to the finals of the National Championships of Great Britain, and gradings. scaba member bands competed in the West of England regional in Torquay and the London & Southern Counties (LSC) region in Stevenage.
 
scaba are delighted and proud to count 2 Regional Champion bands and 7 National Finalists amongst our members in 2017:
In the 4th section, Shanklin Town Band will represent the West of England following a 3rd place in Torquay, and they will be joined by the London & Southern Counties champions Regent Community Brass.
Fairlop Brass secured a trip to the finals with a 3rd place in the LSC 3rd Section, and Amersham and Otterbourne both go forward to the 2nd section finals following their 2nd places in Stevenage and Torquay.
Not to be outdone by their community band, Regent Brass will represent LSC in the First section finals with a well deserved 2nd place yesterday.
 
We applaud all these bands on a fantastic set of results, and wish them the best of luck for the National Finals in Cheltenham in September.
 
The final qualifier from scaba will represent the LSC region in the Championship section finals. Congratulations to Friary Guildford band on winning their 3rd successive Regional title and earning a 5th consecutive appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in October.
 
 
see the Regional Championships website for all regions’ full results and official grading tables.


Brass banders all over the country are being asked to #swabforsykes in support of former Tredegar trombone star Stephen Sykes who is battling the blood cancer Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as Leukemia, Lymphoma or Myeloma. Registering and having a swab done to be sent off for match analysis takes just a few minutes of your time, but could potentially make a life-changing difference to Stephen or one of thousands of others. If you’re aged 18-50, you can register as a potential donor now by visiting DKMS online, or visit the swab station at the L&SC Regional contest in Stevenage this coming weekend.

Stephen has had so much support from the brass band movement all over the world already, with hundreds of banders registering online to get swab kits by post, and visiting swab stations at the Regional contests. If you haven’t already registered, please spare 10 minutes of your time this contest week to join the fight and see if you could be a life saving donor.

Required:
Currently in the 2nd Section, MK Brass seek a Musical Director to work with the band
to regain their place in the 1st Section whilst maintaining a friendly atmosphere.

Regular rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings
in Loughton, Milton Keynes, MK5 8FA.

Contact:
To find out details of the application process please email Sue.blunt@ntlworld.com as soon as possible. The band aims to have completed applications by Wednesday 15 March.