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World Rankings: September Update

A chance to familiarise yourself with the latest rankings prior to today's British Open.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

 

The latest World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings see few positional changes at the top, but plenty of activity at the conclusion of a busy summer of contesting around the banding world.

The contests held since the last update are:

New Zealand Championships — won by Wellington Brass;
SCABA Entertainment — won by Friary Guildford;
Merthy Tydfil Welsh League Contest — won by City of Cardiff (Melingriffith);
Aalborg Music Festival — won by Skanderborg Brass Band;
Weston-super-Mare — won by Verwood Concert Brass;
Wood Farm Brewery Contest — won by Enderby;
Northern Counties BBA — won by Bon Accord Silver;
Ripon Cathedral Contest — won by Slaithwaite;
Holme Valley Contest — won by City of Bradford;
Dutch Open Championships — won by Brass Band Rijnmond;
West Lothian Festival of Brass — won by Whitburn;
French Open — won by Nord Pas de Calais;
German Open — won by Brass Band Schwaben;
Land O' Burns — won by Whitburn;
Battle of the Bands — won by Dronfield;
Surventobrass — won by Spijkerpakkenband;
Ohio Brass Arts Festival — won by Brass Band of Columbus;
DLI Museum Contest — won by Easington Colliery;
Whiston Festival of Brass — won by Strata Brass;
Shirebrook Entertainment Contest — won by Enderby;
Welsh National Eisteddfod — won by Burry Port;
All England International Masters won by Virtuosi GUS;
New South Wales Championships — won by Central Coast Brass.

An update will follow the British Open and the National Finals for Sections 1-4 at Cheltenham. Look out for quite a few changes, with the possibility of a new number one band if Black Dyke can retain the British Open title.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Tredegar
4. Foden's
5. Grimethorpe Colliery
6. Brighouse and Rastrick
7. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
8. Flowers
9. Burgermusik Luzern
10. Brass Band Willebroek

To view all the ranked bands, go to:
www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



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Christopher Houlding

MMus, GGSM, LRAM
Conductor, Performer, Educator