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World Rankings: February update

Flowers blooming with early contest season success.

Flowers Band

 

The first update of the World of Brass — 4barsrest.com for 2016 shows quite a few changes near the top of the table following the Butlin's Mineworkers, French and Norwegian national championships in the past few weeks. Flowers, Paris Brass Band and Eikanger-Bjorsvik all enjoyed early season success and will look to build upon their victories later in the contesting year.

The other contests taking place since the last update were:

Brass at the Guild — won by Hepworth;
Durham County BBA — won by Easington Colliery;
Welsh Open — won by Filton Concert Brass.

March is by far the busiest month of the contesting year, with almost 500 bands taking part in regional contests throughout the UK, so we can expect to see plenty of changes over the next few weeks.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Grimethorpe Colliery
4. Brighouse and Rastrick
5. Flowers
6. Tredegar
7. Foden's
8. Fairey
9. Eikanger-Bjorsvik
10. Virtuosi GUS

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



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November 22 • Sadly due to work commitments we are looking for an experienced Percussionist to join our friendly and progressive Band. The Band has experienced a recent run of good form and is currently enjoying a sensible mix of contests, concerts and recordings.


Thoresby Colliery Band

November 22 • Sadly due to work commitments we are looking for an experienced BBb Bass player to join our friendly and progressive Band. The Band has experienced a recent run of good form and is currently enjoying a sensible mix of contests, concerts and recordings.


Hitchin Band

November 21 • Due to a re-shuffle in our cornet section we are now looking for a REPIANO or FRONT ROW cornet player. We are a busy band currently at the top of the 1st section in the London and Southern Counties area. We rehearse Mon + Thurs - 7.45-9.45pm.


Mark Wilkinson


Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor