Formed in 1893 as the “Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association”, scaba is the local association for brass bands in the South East of England. Any brass bands in the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London Boroughs, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire are eligible for membership.
 
The objects of scaba are to to raise the playing standard and/or awareness of all member bands by organising, running and managing competitions, festivals, training opportunities and other events; to encourage an atmosphere of fellowship and co-operation and to facilitate the opportunity for a fair exchange of views.
 
scaba has always been a very active association and works hard to put the interests of its member bands and brass players first.  The association is a member of Brass Bands England (formerly the British Federation of Brass Bands) and has representatives on the committee of the London & Southern Counties region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
 
scaba is proud to have formed the Southern Counties Youth Band in 2014, providing young players from all over the region with an opportunity to learn from talented brass teachers and musicians and perform to new audiences.  More information about the youth band can be found on the SCYB page of this website.
 
A year in the life of scaba typically includes three brass band contests:  the Spring Contest which in 2018 is moving to February, the Entertainment Contest in May and an Autumn Contest in late September.  We have an annual Solo and Quartet contest which will be returning towards the end of 2018, and our year is often rounded off in November with a Workshop.  


 
 

The Southern Counties Youth Band


SCYB was set up by scaba to encourage young brass players to improve their playing ability and to have fun making music.

The band meets once a month on a Sunday from September to April, ending with a residential course and public concert at Easter. 

Membership of the band is open to anyone aged 11 to 18 who plays a brass band instrument to at least grade 4 standard.  Look in the SCYB section of the website for more news, photos and information & application packs.

SCYB Easter Residential Course
The Southern Counties Youth Band is recovering from its annual residential course, which returned to St Catherine's school in Bramley from 3rd-6th April, with guest Musical Director Ian Porthouse back by popular demand!
scaba Contests
Dates and entry forms for all scaba contests along with downloadable forms, information on our updated gradings and our contesting & registration rules can be found in the Contesting pages.
Stevenage Success for scaba bands
#regs2018 scaba bands had a good couple of days at the office! @LGBBRASS @WokinghamBrass @amershamband @FriaryGuildford
Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial NYBB Bursary
scaba is proud to present this initiative to support and encourage young players to experience a unique opportunity with the National Youth and National Children's bands of Great Britain.

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The Southern Counties Youth band held their 4th annual residential course in the stunning setting of the Anniversary Halls at St Catherine’s School in Bramley from 3rd to 6th April, with guest MD Ian Porthouse back by popular demand. Ian led the band through a full ...
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Every March, hundreds of bands take part in Regional Championships around the country to determine their gradings for the next year and to win qualification for the Finals of the National Championships of Great Britain.  scaba Member Bands enjoyed a successful weekend at ...
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The L&SC Champions are looking for a committed BBb bass player to join our team. We have a busy but sensible schedule of concerts and contests including the Grand Shield and National Finals. Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays near Woking, within easy reach of the M...
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scaba’s annual Spring contest was held at The Hawth theatre in Crawley on Sunday 25th February.  Adjudicator David Hirst enjoyed a variety of music including the set test pieces for the upcoming Regional contests. Full Result: Congratulations to all prizewinners and...
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scaba’s first ever Regional test piece workshop took place at The Hawth in Crawley on Sunday 11th February. Representatives from several 2nd section bands from the London & Southern Counties, Midlands and West of England regions discussed Ex Terra Lucem (Jonatha...
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Godalming Band showed off a brand new set of jackets and ties at their annual Christmas concert, bringing their year of 80th anniversary celebrations to a stylish close.   The band raised money for their uniform replacement project with two new concerts held in the s...
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What’s On

Arlesford Watercress Festival @ Arlesford, Hampshire, SO24
May 20 all-day
Arlesford Watercress Festival @ Arlesford, Hampshire, SO24 | New Alresford | England | United Kingdom
12:00 am
Godalming Band will be playing in and around the famous Watercress Festival in Alresford, Hampshire on Sunday 20th May. The market town of Arlesford, home of the famous Watercress Line, is transformed for the day...
Entertainment Contest @ The Hawth Theatre
May 20 all-day
12:00 am
24 minute Entertainment programme contest, open adjudication.   2 sections of up to 9 bands each: B Section for scaba graded 2nd, 3rd & Youth section Bands; A Section for Championship & 1st section bands....
Sep 9 @ 12:08 pm
Music in the Park ~ Godalming Band @ Godalming Bandstand | England | United Kingdom
12:08 pm
Spend a relaxing afternoon in a beautiful riverside park and enjoy the sounds of Godalming Band rounding off the summer season on the Bandstand.
Autumn Contest @ The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Sep 30 all-day
12:00 am
Own choice Test Piece & Hymn tune contest Order of play pre-drawn, closed adjudication Tickets for all contests held at The Hawth are available from the box office on the day Share this: Click to...
Spring Contest @ The Hawth Theatre
Feb 24 all-day
12:00 am
March and Own-choice test piece contest. Closed Adjudication, order of play pre-drawn. Tickets for all contests held at The Hawth are available from the box office on the day Share this: Click to email this...
Entertainment Contest @ The Hawth Theatre
May 19 all-day
12:00 am
24 minute Entertainment programme contest, open adjudication.   2 sections of up to 9 bands each: B Section for scaba graded 2nd, 3rd & Youth section Bands; A Section for Championship & 1st section bands....
Autumn Contest @ The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
Sep 29 all-day
12:00 am
Own choice Test Piece & Hymn tune contest Order of play pre-drawn, closed adjudication Tickets for all contests held at The Hawth are available from the box office on the day Share this: Click to...

Our Team

Meet our team members

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Chairperson

Andrew has been playing in local brass bands since the age of 11, including Epsom and Ewell, Staines and Yiewsley and West Drayton. He was a founder member of the Kingston Youth Concert Band in the 1980s, and was a member of staff there for many years.

Andrew has been MD of Cranleigh Youth Band and also Encore Youth Orchestra, and the Epsom and Ewell B band which had both youth and adult players. He joined Mole Valley Silver Band on bass in 1999, and became their MD in 2003.

e-mail : chairman@scaba.co.uk

Alex Stevens

Alex Stevens

Secretary

Alex started playing with Brighton Silver band at the age of 7 and has played with a number of bands in this area including Alder Valley, Uckfield, Horsham and Chichester.  She has been a member of Friary Guildford Band since 2003 and has served as their Contest Secretary for most of that time.

Alex’s banding highlights include being the only baritone player to date to win ‘Best Instrumentalist’ in a scaba competition, winning the 1st Section National Championships with Friary in 2010, playing in the Championship section finals at the Royal Albert Hall and taking part in Brass in Concert.

Alex was invited to join the scaba team in 2011 and appointed Secretary in 2015. She is also administrator and tutor for the Southern Counties Youth Band (#SCYB) and loves working with the next generation of brass banders.

e-mail : fgb@alexvicary.co.uk

Chris Cannings

Chris Cannings

Treasurer

Chris Cannings treasurer@scaba.co.uk

Jane Stewart

Jane Stewart

Safeguarding Lead and Contest Administrator

Jane plays bass trombone with LGB Brass.   She has served on the scaba Executive Committee for over 15 years, and has earned an unparalleled reputation for her skilled running of our contests.

email contestmanager@scaba.co.uk

Colin Morrison

Colin Morrison

Property Master

Colin has been banding for over 50 years.  He serves as Property Master for scaba, and is one of our registrars on contest days.

trophy@scaba.co.uk

James Haigh

James Haigh

Executive Committee Member
Paul Homewood

Paul Homewood

Executive Committee Member
Sybil Morrison

Sybil Morrison

Executive Committee Member
Claire Pickard

Claire Pickard

Executive Committee Member
Pat Steele

Pat Steele

Executive Committee Member

Ian Carter

President

Ian has been on the scaba Committee for 18 years and served as Contest Manager and Secretary in that time.  He was appointed President of the Association in April 2018 in honour of his commitment and dedication to scaba and brass banding in the South East.

Ron Gray

Ron Gray

Vice President

Ron became interested in the world of Brass Banding during his National Service in the RAF in 1950, when he joined the station band in what was then Southern Rhodesia, playing 3rd Cornet and progressing to Rep Cornet when he was demobbed.   He then played in Weymans Band for 2 years, before joining Godalming Band in 1954 (56 years service) playing solo Cornet, Flugel, and finishing up on E flat Bass.

Ron’s involvement in scaba started way back in the 1960’s.   After a few years break, he became interested in becoming more involved and was accepted on the Committee where he has served ever since. Ron was the association’s Registrar for over 20 years and in 2018 has been appointed Vice President with grateful thanks for his many years of dedicated service.

Ivy Gray

Ivy Gray

Vice President.

Ivy met Ron at the age of 17 when the conductor of The Westborough Ladies Choir invited her to sing with the Godalming Band who he also conducted. Some years later their daughter wanted to play a cornet like her father, Ivy went along to help teach the youngsters to read music, and the rest is history.

Ivy played trombone with Godalming for 35 years before retiring from playing in 2013.  She was invited to join scaba as a committee member when she started attending meetings as the Godalming Band representative and has served the Association for over 20 years, most recently as our Membership Secretary.  In 2018 Ivy was appointed Vice President in thanks and recognition for her many years of dedicated service.

Banding Resources

Members

Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial Bursary

Bob and Peggy Tucker Memorial Bursary

scaba is proud to present an initiative to encourage and assist young players to experience a unique opportunity that will help them achieve greater awareness of their playing capabilities and future prospects on their chosen instrument.

 

scaba ‘Band of the Year’ competition

scaba ‘Band of the Year’ competition

The competition will be open to all bands who are paid-up members of scaba for the current year.
To win the prize, a band must compete in both the Spring Contest and the Autumn Contest, in the same year

Current Member Listing

Current Member Listing

Find out who’s a member and get their contact details, links to websites and google map.

 

Contesting

Contesting

Everything you need to know about contesting, including dates, rules and regulations, forms and previous contest results.

Vacancies

Vacancies

Find deps and advertisements for permanent positions.

 

SCYB

SCYB

The Southern Counties Youth Band was formed in 2014, since then we have gone from strength to strength. Find out more and get the membership application form here.

 

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2018 Spring Contest

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2017 Spring Contest

2017 Spring Contest

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2017 Entertainment Contest

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2017 Easter Residential Course

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2016 Spring Contest

2016 Spring Contest

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2016 Easter Residential

2016 Easter Residential

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2015 Entertainment Contest

2015 Entertainment Contest

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2015 Autumn Contest

2015 Autumn Contest

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2015 Easter Residential Course

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2015 Q&E Contest

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2016 Solo & Duet Contest

2016 Solo & Duet Contest

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2014  Rehearsal & Concert

2014 Rehearsal & Concert

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2014 Entertainment Contest

2014 Entertainment Contest

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2014 Solo, Quartet and Ensemble Contest

2014 Solo, Quartet and Ensemble Contest

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2012 Autumn Contest

2012 Autumn Contest

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2011 Autumn Contest

2011 Autumn Contest

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2011 Entertainment Contest

2011 Entertainment Contest

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