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, Surrey, Sussex and The Channel Islands are eligible for membership.scaba works hard to put the interests of its member bands and brass players first, and there’s a lot more to us than just contesting! The association is a member of Brass Bands England (BBE) and Making Music UK, and has representatives on the committee of the London & Southern Counties region of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.
scaba is run by a team of volunteers and we can't keep going or offer more services to our local bands without some support! Membership of the association helps to support all of our activities including the Southern Counties Youth Band and development of new, no-competitive events.
In return for a small subscription*, members of scaba enjoy the following benefits:
♪ Free advertising on the scaba website and social media
♪ Discounted subs for SCYB
♪ Free information, advice and resources
♪ Priority entry and discounted tickets for workshops and other events
♪ Priority entry and discounted fees for scaba contests*
*Membership of the Association was just £90 a year for Senior Bands and £45 for Youth Bands (with discounts for connected groups) prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Membership of the association has been extended without charge in 2021 & 2022, and entry to the 2022 Spring contest is free to member bands.
Membership subs will be reviewed at the AGM in April 2022.
SCYB ~ The Southern Counties Youth Band
The Southern Counties Youth Band or "SCYB" was set up by scaba to give young brass and percussion players an opportunity to improve their playing ability, expand their banding experience and to have fun making music in a band of players their own age. ALL young players in the area are welcome to join, your own band doesn't have to be a member of scaba (but your subs will be discounted if they are!)
Following a forced break during the Covid-19 pandemic, we're excited to be be resuming regular monthly rehearsals at Worth School, near Crawley in West Sussex, from 25th September 2022.
Please see the SCYB section of this website for more information and the 2022-23 membership application pack.