The Cobham Band under the musical directorship of David Ruel on Sunday 5th April (2009) entered the Third Section of Southern Counties Amateur Bands Association (SCABA) Spring Contest at Hove Town Hall. The adjudicator was Colin Hardy. The Band opened with the March ‘The Elephant’ by James Ord Hume followed by the test piece ‘Three Songs Without Words’ by Eric Ball. The Band is delighted to have been awarded First Prize (1st) in both the March and Test Piece. Furthermore, a new trophy was introduced this year in the Third Section of the Contest for the ‘Best Solo Cornet Section’ donated by the Band to the Association (SCABA) in memory of Ruth Smith, a former member. It therefore gives the Band great pleasure to be able to announce that ‘The Cobham Band’ name will be the first to be inscribed on the trophy and to congratulate David Ruel on his presentation of the award ‘Best Conductor’ in the Third Section.