scaba

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, non-competitive events.

In return for an annual Membership fee of just £35 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

♪  Voting rights at quarterly forums - and the chance to get involved in how your local association is run

♪  Representation at the London & Southern Counties Regional Committee

Click HERE to download your 2023-24 Membership information and application form.

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.

SCYB Survey

Please see the SCYB section of this website for more news, photos and information about SCYB.

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David Read MBE, 1933-2024

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our Honorary Vice President David Read, who passed away peacefully on Thursday 27th June, aged 90. Renowned as a leading ...

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Vacancies at Epping Forest

Epping Forest Band currently have the following positions vacant and would welcome applicants for Tenor Horn (position negotiable) and percussion (kit) to complete our line up. Contact: If you are ...

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Long Service Awards for Christmas!

One of the loveliest ‘jobs’ the scaba team get to do is visiting our members bands and helping them to celebrate years of commitment and service given by their longest-serving ...

Cranbrook Town Band in concert with Tom Hutchinson

Join Cranbrook band on 14th October to support a fantastic cause, the Demelza Charity, and enjoy a fabulous soloist! ...

Stars of Brass with Gary Curtin

Join the Oxted Band for an evening of virtuoso performances and brass band favourites with special guest Gary Curtin, renowned soloist and principal euphonium with Foden’s Band. 📍St John’s Church ...

Epping Forest band – vacancies

Required: Epping Forest Band are seeking new players across the band: Front and Back Row Cornets, and Percussion (Kit) to join our banding adventures. Contact: If you are interested please ...

scaba Autumn / Entertainments Contest 2023

Update 13/09/23 – Autumn Contest CANCELLED. Unfortunately there are not enough entries for this event to be viable. We thank those bands who did enter for their continued support of ...

Annual General Meeting, 30th April 2023

scaba’s Annual General Meeting will be held via Zoom at 7pm on Sunday 30th April. The agenda has been circulated to member bands’ representatives this evening along with details of ...

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2023 Spring Contest

We’re delighted to be returning to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex for our Annual Spring contest on 5th March. Entries are open now: ...

Vacancies at Staines Brass

Staines brass are a first section band based in Staines upon Thames.  We rehearse Thursday evening from 8 to 10pm. We are looking for a soprano player and a first ...

Passing of Peter Cowlett

It is with great sadness that we share the news from Lewes, Glynde & Beddingham Band of the passing of their former Chairman and Solo Trombone, Peter Cowlett. Peter was ...

scaba AGM – 10th April 2022

The Association’s Annual General Meeting will be taking place via Zoom at 7pm on Sunday 10th April.  Anyone with an interest in banding in the South East is welcome to take ...

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scaba Spring Contest Results

scaba made a welcome return to live, local, music-making today with our first event since the 2020 Spring contest. 10 bands played to a packed audience today in a new ...

Banding bounces back with Godalming Band this autumn!

Join the Godalming band for a great evening as we rediscover the joys of live music with a programme for everybody to enjoy – including film scores, classical pieces and ...

Vacancies at Godalming

Godalming Band are a keen and friendly third section band with a few vacancies that we’d love to fill on euphonium, solo cornet, percussion or bass. We rehearse on Monday ...

In Concert with Chris Thomas

Cranbrook Town Band with guest Virtuoso Trombonist Chris Thomas will be raising funds for Demelza House at St.Dunstans Church, Saturday 16th October. See attached Poster for more Details ...

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scaba’s Return to Contesting on Hold

scaba regret to announce that we will NOT be going ahead with a contest this Autumn as hoped. The Association has a duty of care to all participating musicians, our ...

Colin Morrison funeral details

Service order for Colin Rhodes Morrison Service Date: 18th Aug 21 at 12:00 Service Chapel: South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Rd, Upminster RM14 2UY The family has requested that guests wear ...

Colin Morrison

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend Colin Morrison died peacefully in his sleep on 22nd July. Colin was a life-long brass bander, ...

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David Read MBE, 1933-2024

We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our Honorary Vice President David Read, who passed away peacefully ...

Vacancies at Epping Forest

Epping Forest Band currently have the following positions vacant and would welcome applicants for Tenor Horn (position negotiable) and percussion ...

Long Service Awards for Christmas!

One of the loveliest ‘jobs’ the scaba team get to do is visiting our members bands and helping them to ...

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