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World Rankings: October update

Brighouse and Rastrick move up to third place following its second successive National title

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However, Cory Band is guaranteed to finish the year on top of the World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings for the fifth successive year.

Following yet another third place at the National Championships, the sixth time in the past nine years that the Welsh band has taken that exact placing at the event! Cory’s remarkable consistency (the band has never been out of the top six at the ‘National’ this century) has been the key to this fifth year of world domination, and the bad news for its competitors is that it looks certain to enter 2012 with a considerable head start on the rest of the field.

Brighouse and Rastrick move up to third place following its second successive National title, while the fourth place achieved by Beaumaris sees that Welsh band move up to an all-time high of 13th position.

Top 10 bands

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

The other ranking contests held since the last update were:

Doctor Martin Trust Entertainment Contest — won by Exchange Communications Whitburn
Hardraw Scar — won by Harrogate
Bolsover Festival of Brass — won by Jaguar Land Rover
South Wales Miners’ Eisteddfod — won by Lewis Merthyr
NEDDC Entertainment Contest — won by Stannington
Wychavon Festival — won by BTM
National 1st Section Championship — won by Aldbourne
National 2nd Section Championship — won by Brunel Brass
National 3rd Section Championship — won by City of Bradford
National 4th Section Championship — won by Melingriffith 2
Swiss Open — won by Burgermusik Lucerne
New South Wales Championships — won by Willoughby City
Fleetwood Open — won by Oldham (Lees)
Burry Port — won by Burry Port; Fife Charities — won by Kingdom Brass
SCABA Folkestone — won by Friary Guildford

The next update will follow the busy November contest season, which sees national championships take place across Europe and the Brass in Concert and Scottish Open contests attracting many of the UK’s leading bands.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

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

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist