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Rankings: End of year/January update

The final World of Brass—4barsrest Rankings for 2008 confirm Cory as the world’s leading band, following a year that saw it win the European Championship for the first time in 28 years.

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In addition, Cory won the Brass in Concert Championships for the first time ever. The World of Brass Rankings Trophy was presented a on 13th December at the band’s concert with Honley Male Voice Choir in Huddersfield Town Hall, where Dr. Robert Childs was the recipient of the glass globe for the second year in succession.

Cory was also the band that picked up the most points during 2008, while the highest new entry into the top 200 in 2007 was Stockholm Brass Band, which performed superbly at both the European and Swedish championships.

The contests taking place since the last update were:

North Wales BBA—won by Beaumaris
Durham BBA—won by Felling.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:

www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp

Moving into 2009

As we enter 2009, the four bands at the top are a long way ahead of the rest, and their performances at the major contests especially will likely determine which of them will end next year at the top, unless, of course, Brighouse and Rastrick, Leyland, Stavanger, Fairey, Brass Band Willebroek or Carlton Main Frickley Colliery can pull off a few shocks and infiltrate what has become a very elite group over the past two or three years.

2008 was a good year for...

2007 2008 Band Total +/-

1, 1, Cory, 1,633.71, 351.97
3, 3, Foden’s, 1,399.21, 241.43
17, 7, Stavanger, 427.08, 229.05
2, 2, Grimethorpe Colliery, 1,475.14, 202.93
32, 21, Brass Band Fribourg, 113.18, 65.06
7, 6, Leyland, 446.22, 55.60
47, 25, Buizingen, 70.91, 43.85
126, 35, Aeolus, 45.12, 38.67
19, 16, Kirkintilloch, 201.23, 38.37
13, 10, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery, 287.38, 38.34
96, 36, EYMS, 42.54, 32.60
26, 23, Eikanger-Bjørsvik, 89.67, 31.69
50, 29, Manger Musikklag, 56.14, 30.22
63, 34, Redbridge Brass, 46.29, 27.63
107, 38, Festival Brass Band, 35.41, 27.04
39, 26, Brass Band 13 Etoiles, 65.48, 25.75
15, 13, Tredegar, 249.21, 24.96
22, 19, BTM, 131.69, 22.82
10, 8, Fairey, 362.70, 21.95
25, 24, Mount Charles, 77.93, 19.38

And a bad year for...

2007 — 2008 — Band — Points — +/-

6,11, YBS, 266.13, -234.45
5, 5, Brighouse and Rastrick, 632.69, -148.28
8, 14, Scottish Co-op, 240.94, -143.75
9, 15, Whitburn, 239.17, -115.83
14, 17, Rothwell Temperance, 167.35, -61.86
20, 22, Reg Vardy, 110.01, -34.55
29, 46, Fountain City Brass Band, 26.41, -27.22
34, 61, SWT Woodfalls, 19.75, -25.69
23, 32, Brisbane Excelsior, 51.58, -24.66
12, 12, Desford Colliery, 265.60, -22.24
18, 18, Hepworth (Cookson Homes), 152.38, -21.17
41, 69, Unison Kinneil, 17.79, -18.06
35, 47, Camborne Town, 25.60, -17.71
24, 31, Brass Band Oberösterreich, 53.41, -16.20
21, 20, Flowers, 120.87, -15.25
31, 41, Fishburn, 33.88, -14.43
30, 39, Brass Band of Central Florida, 35.25, -13.94
57, 96, Chicago Brass Band, 9.09, -13.30
37, 44, Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel, 26.86, -13.00
42, 53, Staffordshire, 22.61, -12.54

Ten best new entries

Ranking — Band — Points

63. Stockholm Brass Band Sweden, 19.52
77. Jaren Hornmusikkforening Norway, 14.22
98. Point of Ayr Wales, 8.45
104. Kirkbymoorside Town North, 7.80
111. Ascot Park Hotel of Invercargill New Zealand, 7.36
129. Helston Town West, 5.99
130. Brassband Limburg Netherlands, 5.96
131. Warringah Concert Brass Australia, 5.92
134. Haslingden & Helmshore North West, 5.70
149 Bayerische Brassband Akademie (3BA) Germany 4.65



A4 Quartet

Fancy a chance to improve your A4 credentials?

February 25 • The Rockingham Band will be holding a great workshop day in April aimed at helping players of all abilities thanks to the exciting talents of the lads of the A4 Quartet.


Centre Stage

Centre Stage ready to give that little bit extra for success

February 25 • Centre Stage Uniforms and Percussion will once again be supporting their 'local' Championships by giving bands just what they want.


Great Pennine Music

Pennine Music on the road to Blackpool

February 25 • As soon as the contest performance is over much sure your take a look at all the fantastic concert repertoire on offer at Pennine Music.


Geneva Group

EBBA make sponsorship link with Geneva

February 25 • Geneva Instruments joins the raft of high profile sponsors of the European Brass Band Championships.


Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 25 February • Town Hall Buildings, 68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 9DY


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 25 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton KT70LQ


Elland Silver Band - Lofhouse 2000 and Tingley Bands & Oldsilkstone

Saturday 25 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 26 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU


GUS Virtuosi Band - The Hawth Brass Series

Sunday 26 February • The Hawth theatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ


Amesbury Town Band

February 24 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed. We could do with more trombones, solo cornets and percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


The Corsham Band

February 23 • The band are currently looking to recruit either second or third cornet players to further strengthen our friendly and enthusiastic team. Why not come along for a blow and an enjoyable evening at one of our rehearsals. .


Uppermill Band

February 22 • Following the Area Contest, due to work commitments, 2 of our Players will be relocating. As a result an ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CORNET and a further CORNET Player (position negotiable) will be required to complete our team. Rehearsals Mon & Wed 7:45-21-30


David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger