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Report & Results: 2018 scaba Spring Contest

Aveley & Newham lead the limited support for long standing event in Crawley.

  Aveley & Newham led the way at the recent scaba competition at Crawley.

The Hawth Theatre in Crawley recently hosted scaba's annual Spring Contest, where adjudicator David Hirst enjoyed a variety of music including performances of the upcoming Area test-pieces to be featured in Stevenage.

Decreasing numbers

Traditionally held in April, the contest has suffered from decreasing numbers over the last few years and the organizers had hoped for a better turn out after inviting over 150 local bands to take part in a survey that asked for opinions on a wide range of contesting subjects.

Sadly the response of many bands was to state that they no longer wished to enter this contest, and the Association is now faced with a difficult decision as to whether or not it can continue.

Aveley run out

It was left to Aveley & Newham to take the opportunity to give 'Odyssey' a run out ahead of Stevenage in the Championship Section, whilst LGB Brass headed rivals Egham in the First.

Epsom & Ewell secured the Second Section honours whilst Brighton & Hove City won the Third and Godalming the Fourth.

It was left to Aveley & Newham to take the opportunity to give 'Odyssey' a run out ahead of Stevenage in the Championship Section, whilst LGB Brass headed rivals Egham in the First4BR


Championship Section:

1. Aveley & Newham (Alan Duguid)

March Prize: Aveley & Newham
Best Instrumentalist: Bob Osbourne (cornet) — Aveley & Newham
Best Bass Section: Aveley & Newham

First Section:

1. LGB Brass (Ian Stewart)
2. Egham (Gareth Green)

March Prize: Egham
Best Conductor: Ian Stewart (LGB Brass)
Best Bass Section: LGB Brass
Best Horn Section: LGB Brass
Best Tenor Trombone: Pete Cowlett (LGB Brass)
Best Bass Trombone: Jane Stewart (LGB Brass)

Second Section:

1. Epsom & Ewell (Paul Graham)
2. St Sebastian Wokingham (John Watts)
3. LGB Brass (Ian Stewart)

March Prize: St Sebastian
Best Conductor: Paul Graham (Epsom & Ewell)
Best Instrumentalist: Damon Emes (flugel) — St Sebastian Wokingham
Best Trombone Section: Epsom & Ewell

Third Section:

1. Brighton & Hove City Brass (Matthew Hackett)
2. Crystal Palace (Michael Gray)

March Prize: Brighton
Best Conductor: Matthew Hackett (Brighton & Hove City Brass)
Best Instrumentalist: Craig Chapman (cornet) — Brighton& Hove City Brass
Best Horn Section: Brighton& Hove City Brass

Fourth Section:

1. Godalming (James Haigh)
2. Pangbourne (Stewart Lewins)

March Prize: Godalming
Best Conductor: James Haigh, Godalming
Best Instrumentalist: Matthew Tate (cornet) — Godalming

Youth Section:

1. Shepway Brass Academy (Paul Driscoll)

March Prize: Shepway Brass Academy
Best Conductor: Paul Driscoll (Shepway Brass Academy)
Best Instrumentalist: Charlotte Barton (cornet) — Shepway Brass Academy

Ungraded Section:

1. Oxted (Darrell Scholes)
2. Cranbrook (Ian Lanceley)
3. Patcham Silver (James Benka —Coker)

March Prize: Oxted
Best Conductor: Darrell Scholes (Oxted)
Best Instrumentalist: Kevin Adams (cornet) — Oxted


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Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD

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Saturday 23 June • St Andrews Church, The Green, Swanwick, Derbys DE55 1AN

Besses o' th' Barn Band - Charity Celebration Concert

Saturday 23 June • St Thomas Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9PL

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 22 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, particularly cornets, baritone and basses, but all are welcome. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

Crewe Brass

June 22 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.

Lydbrook Band

June 22 • Lydbrook Band are recruiting a 2nd Trombone to our join our Championship section band . This is a great opportunity to be part of the premier band in the Royal Forest of Dean.

Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer