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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:



Plans set for Bolsover Summer School

February 24 • More exciting plans have been put in place for the sixth Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School led by Steven Mead in July — and you can be a part of it...


RNCM announces major Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition

February 24 • A major partnership between the RNCM in Manchester and Ursula Jones will see the hosting of the inaugural Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition in July 2019.

Centre Stage

Drum rolls please — and keep it deliberately quiet

February 24 • The new MP-Drum from Centre Stage Percussion is being unveiled at the North West Regional Championship.


2018 Spring Festival details announced

February 24 • The list of bands competing at the 98th British Open Spring Festival have been announced by the contest organisers.

Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 25 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU

Friary Guildford Brass Band - the best of Guildford's musical talent

Sunday 25 February • Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3UX

Northop Silver Band - Northop Brass

Thursday 1 March • Northop Band Room CH7 6BQ

Regent Hall Concerts - Guildhall Brass Band

Friday 2 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 3 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.

West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact

The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Gary Davies

Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator