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

No, its not January 1st… but September marks the start of a new academic year and the beginning of the Southern Counties Youth Band’s 2016-17 ‘year’ which runs from our first rehearsal on 18th September to our Easter residential course in April.

Its not too late to join up for our first rehearsal on 18th September, and new members are welcome at any time. Take a look at the info pack downloadable from the SCYB page, and contact SCYB manager Norman Every if you’re interested or would like any more details.


2016/17 Calendar:
*all rehearsals 10am – 4pm at Worth School, Turners Hill nr. Crawley unless indicated otherwise

Sunday 18th September
Sunday 23rd October
Sunday 20th November
Wednesday 28th December (Open rehearsal at Cranleigh Bandroom)
Sunday 29th January
Sunday 19th February
Sunday 26th March

Easter Residential Course Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April.

This year’s Oxted Band Autumn Concert will be held on Saturday 29th October at St John’s Church, Church Way, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 9EA at 7.30pm.

The theme of this year’s concert is CLASSIC BRASS.
We shall 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 T.J Powell and modern classics from the likes of Lennon & McCartney.
We are sure that there will be music to suit all tastes, and that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Oxted - Hurst Green

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 our website
e-mail or call Peter on 07584 246501
follow @oxtedband on Twitter

Patcham Silver Band celebrates its 70th anniversary this year with a free concert on Saturday 15th October at Patcham High School.
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Starting at 7pm, the concert will feature a wide range of music.  
Patcham Youth Band and Senior Band will be playing during the evening and there will be a chance to purchase the CD they have recorded during 2016. The CD includes solos by the band’s principal players, music from the Proms and the Youth Band’s favourites.
Patcham youth
 All past members of the band, family and friends are invited to help Patcham Silver celebrate 70 years of music making.
More details about the band and the concert can be found at

Follow the band on Twitter @Patchamband

updated 25/08/16

scaba’s annual Autumn contest will be held at The Hawth, Crawley, on Sunday 25th September.
Our adjudicators for the day will be Mike Kilroy (Youth, 3rd & 2nd sections) and Dennis Wilby (1st & Championship sections).

22 bands have entered:

Third Section
Bletchington Silver -Sheldon Barwick
Brighton & Hove City Brass – Matthew Hackett
Cobham – Glenn Hayter
Gosport Solent Brass – Colin Garner
Simon Langton Brass – David Cutting
Snowdown Colliery – Keith Twyman

Youth Section
Shanklin Town Youth – Malcolm Lewis

Second Section
Godalming – James Haigh
LGB Brass – Ian Stewart
Regent Community Brass – Chris Bearman
Shanklin Town Brass – Malcolm Lewis

First Section
BAE Systems – Melvin White
Egham – Gareth Green
Epsom & Ewell Silver – Paul Graham
Horsham Borough – Mark McLauchlin
Otterbourne Brass – Melvin White
Tilbury – Ben Jones

Championship Section
Bournemouth Concert Brass – Matthew Brown
Fulham – John Ward
Regent Brass – Andy Kershaw
Staines Brass – Dan Floyd
Wantage Silver – Craig Patterson

This is an own choice Test Piece and Hymn Tune contest. The order of play has been pre-drawn and will be published on the contest day.

Ev-entz will again be providing large percussion instruments, and there is prize money on offer in all sections.

Friary Guildford, the no. 1 ranked band in scaba and London & the Southern Counties, are delighted to announce a joint concert with the number 1 band in the world, the fantastic Cory Band from South Wales.

cory logoCurrently Brass in Concert, National, European and World Champions, Cory have topped the World of Brass – 4barsrest World Rankings list for the past 9 years. We know that awesome is a much-overused word these days, but the sound of the Cory Band is simply that!

Current London & Southern Counties regional champions Friary Guildford have been undefeated in the scaba Entertainments contests for over 10 years, and in 2015 they won the Most Entertaining Band award at Butlin’s Mineworkers championships and made their Brass in Concert debut. On Sunday 28th August in Guildford they will be showing why, and sharing the stage with the best band in the World.
If you only make it to one local band event this year, make it this one!

Cory FGB poster