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World Rankings: April Update

Following the Regional Championships, Cory consolidate their lead at the top.

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The first update of 2011 sees considerable movement in the World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings, although Cory managed to consolidate its position as number one following its victory in the Welsh Regional Championships.

Top 10 Bands

1 Cory
2 Foden's
3 Black Dyke
4 Fairey (Geneva)
5 Brighouse and Rastrick
6 Grimethorpe Colliery
7 Tredegar
8 Rothwell Temperance
9 Leyland
10 Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

Other winners in this year’s ‘Area’ contests also fare well, with Brighouse and Rastrick moving closer to the top, while Fodens, Reg Vardy, Virtuosi GUS, Exchange Communications Whitburn, Redbridge and Woodfalls all set themselves up nicely for possibilities of more points later in the year.

The highest new entry is Lochgelly, following its outstanding third place at the Scottish Championships, while other high fliers include Hepworth, Beaumaris, Zone One, Krohnengen and Ila Brass, the latter two of which performed brilliantly at the Norwegian Championships, which were won by Eikanger-Bjørsvik.

The other contests taking place since the last update were:

Butlins Mineworkers — won by Flowers
Yeovil Entertainment Contest — won by Woodfalls
Brass at the Guild — won by Pemberton Old Wigan DW
GGB Entertainment Contest — won by AW Parker (Drybrook)
Welsh Open — won by Tredegar
NEMBBA Derby Contest — won by Shirland Welfare
Northern Ireland Brass Band League — won by 1st Old Boys Silver
Tameside Open — won by Oldham (Lees)

The next update will follow the European Championships in Montreux.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:



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Swiss flag

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Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN

Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ

Harrogate Band

November 24 • Join our team - Harrogate band! We are looking for committed front and back row cornet players who are looking for a new challenge to join our thriving, dynamic, fun and exciting 1st Section band. Our cornet section are a friendly bunch!

Strata Brass

November 24 • Bb BASS. The band are currently preparing for Butlins/Area Contests (1st Section). MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland)

Olney Brass

November 23 • 2nd Trombones, look no further. We are looking for a 2nd trombone to join our band. We are an ambitious 3rd section band with a new MD, winning the ODBBA winter contest 2017. Any other instruments, we would be interested to talk, please get in touch.

Mark Wilkinson

Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor