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World Rankings: New Year update

At the end of a long 2011 season Cory finish at the top of the World of Brass/4BR Rankings for the fifth time in succession.

Cory

 

Cory, the current Welsh and British Open champion, finished the 2011 season at the top of the World of Brass/4BR Rankings for the fifth successive year — a remarkable achievement in the cut and thrust of modern-day contesting.

Cory was presented with the World of Brass/4BR Trophy at its recent concert at Huddersfield Town Hall, and 2012 promises to see the bands immediately behind them as keen as ever to wrest the crown from the Welsh giant.

Cory was presented with the World of Brass/4BR Trophy at its recent concert at Huddersfield Town Hall, and 2012 promises to see the bands immediately behind them as keen as ever to wrest the crown from the Welsh giant4BR

Progress

Which bands, though, made the most progress this year?

The following table shows the bands that increased their ranking points by the most during 2011, with the new European Champion, Manger Musikklag, unsurprisingly at the head of the list following its memorable achievement in Montreux.

2011 was a good year for…

2010/2011: Total/+

29/10: Manger Musikklag: 300.27 (+235.17)
80/13: Brass Band of Central Florida: 183.21 (+169.46)
11/9: Carlton Main Frickley Colliery: 361.07 (+148.69)
40/14: Beaumaris: 165.98 (+131.85)
9/8: Leyland: 471.39 (+84.48)
39/23: Brass Band Schoonhoven: 108.70 (+74.16)
57/29: Noord Limburgse: 74.27 (+53.04)
41/34: Marsden Silver: 56.53 (+22.71)
142/48: Atlantic Brass Band: 25.43 (+20.12)
228/68: Aldbourne: 17.36 (+15.44)
19/19: Hepworth: 126.17 (+13.68)
60/40: Windcorp: 32.50 (+11.60)
10/11: Eikanger-Bjørsvik: 227.31 (+11.36)
7/5: Brighouse and Rastrick: 796.74 (+11.04)
66/45: Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel: 28.61 (+10.31)
31/30: Fountain City Brass Band: 68.54 (+8.81)
6/4: Tredegar: 799.85 (+7.93)
96/66: Chicago Brass Band: 18.03 (+7.84)
18/18: Exchange Communications Whitburn: 126.24 (+7.49)
170/86: Bournemouth Concert: 11.28 (+7.48)

For some bands, however, 2011 won’t be remembered as a vintage one on the contest stage, and the following are the ones that have lost the most points during the year.

If a band didn’t compete at all during any given year then it would lose approximately 50 percent of its points total, so it’s worth remembering that to lose the most points during a year, it has to be a pretty good one in the first place!

…and a bad year for…

2010/2011: Total/-

5/7: Grimethorpe Colliery: 491.85 (-390.27)
2/3: Foden's: 822.91 (-232.95)
8/12: Rothwell Temperance: 225.00 (-223.50)
3/2: Black Dyke: 866.98 (-134.24)
4/6: Fairey: 777.68 (-117.66)
13/20: Desford Colliery: 120.94 (-42.05)
12/16: Co-operative Funeralcare: 155.80 (-40.29)
26/37: Hammonds Saltaire: 44.49 (-40.18)
23/32: Brass Band Oberösterreich: 61.14 (-36.08)
17/26: BTM: 90.12 (-32.25)
1/1: Cory: 1,374.11 (-27.16)
27/33: Brass Band Willebroek: 58.13 (-23.86)
20/25: Brass Band Treize Etoiles: 90.14 (-21.65)
34/53: Mount Charles: 23.09 (-20.93)
35/54: Brisbane Excelsior: 22.98 (-17.80)
28/36: Buizingen: 50.68 (-16.34)
32/38: Wingates: 38.25 (-15.31)
44/63: Brass Band Fribourg: 19.27 (-11.51)
16/21: Virtuosi GUS: 113.72 (-11.21)
42/57: Camborne Town: 21.87 (-10.58)

Another keenly contested category is the best new entry into the top 200 since the start of the year, and this time the National 1st Section Champion, Aldbourne, can round off a memorable 2011 with the news that it has taken that particular honour.

Ten best new entries

68: Aldbourne (West) — 17.36
103: Lochgelly (Scotland) — 8.71
106: Illinois Brass Band (USA) — 8.22
115: Sola Brass Band (Norway) — 7.31
132: Lewis Merthyr (Wales) — 5.67
134: Downshire Brass (N. Ireland) — 5.55
140: Wallberg Brass Band (Switzerland) — 4.78
142: Brunel Brass (West) — 4.69
147: Central Ohio Brass Band (USA) — 4.50
148: Tyldesley (North West) — 4.49

The top 20 bands as of 1st January 2012 are:

1. Cory (Wales) — 1,374.11
2. Black Dyke (Yorkshire) — 866.98
3. Foden's (North West) — 822.91
4. Tredegar (Wales) — 799.85
5. Brighouse and Rastrick (Yorkshire) — 796.74
6. Fairey (North West) — 777.68
7. Grimethorpe Colliery (Yorkshire) — 491.85
8. Leyland (North West) — 471.39
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Yorkshire) — 361.07
10. Manger Musikklag (Norway) — 300.27
11. Eikanger-Bjørsvik (Norway) — 227.31
12. Rothwell Temperance (Yorkshire) — 225.00
13. Brass Band of Central Florida (USA) — 183.21
14. Beaumaris (Wales) — 165.98
15. Reg Vardy (North) — 157.93
16. Co-operative Funeralcare (Scotland) — 155.80
17. Stavanger (Norway) — 126.32
18. Exchange Communications Whitburn (Scotland) — 126.24
19. Hepworth (Yorkshire) — 126.17
20. Desford Colliery (Midlands) — 120.94

Our next update will be in February, following the Butlins Mineworkers’ Festival and the first of the year’s major national contests in Norway. Good luck to bands across the contesting world as they enter 2012.

The current rankings can be found at:

http:/­/­www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/



Brass in Concert

Result: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • Full results from Sage Gateshead where the 41st Brass in Concert Championship has taken place.


Clackmannan

Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

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


Sage

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.


hands

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


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.


Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance


Ian Porthouse


Cornet soloist, clinician, conductor and adjudicator