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World Rankings: May update

Black Dyke close the gap at the top of the rankings following their recent win in Rotterdam at the European Championships

Black Dyke performing at the 2012 Europeans


The latest World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings see few changes at the very top following last weekend’s European Championships, but Black Dyke’s
first victory in the event since 2005 means that Cory’s lead at the top has been vastly reduced.

'Dyke' will now approach the English National Championships in June as hot favourite to take over the number one position.

Continental success at Rotterdam also means big rises for Eikanger-Bjørsvik (Norway), Noord Limburgse (Belgium) and Brass Band Schoonhoven
(Netherlands), while other big movers since the last update include North American Champion, Atlantic Brass Band, and Australian Champion, Gunnedah

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Brighouse and Rastrick
4. Foden's
5. Tredegar
6. Fairey (Geneva)
7. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
8. Leyland
9. Grimethorpe Colliery
10. Manger Musikklag

Other ranking contests taking place since the last update are:

Tameside Open — won by Oldham (Lees);
Northern Ireland Brass Band League — won by 1st Old Boys Association Silver;
Flemish Open — won by Brass Band Schoonhoven;
Fife Brass Band Festival — won by Kingdom Brass;
Buxton Brass Band Festival — won by Bollington Brass;
Irish Championships — won by Drogheda.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Hardaw Scar

Hardraw Scar open for entries

February 18 • One of the most famous open air brass band contests in the world is open for entries.

Brass quartet

Final chord call for A4 Quartet composer competition

February 18 • There are just a few days left to get you entry in if you want to get your work performed by the award winning A4 Brass Quartet.


Radio: Sounds of Brass

February 18 • More great music with a taste of Cornwall from Philip Hunt


Report & Results: 2018 UniBrass Trophy

February 17 • The students of the Royal Northern College of Music retain their hold on the UniBrass Trophy

Foden's Band - Patrons Concert

Tuesday 20 February • Sandbach School. Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS CW11 3NS

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH

Elland Silver Band -

Saturday 24 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH

Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre. Hayfield. Marshfield SN14 8PG

The Corsham Band

February 20 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

Waitakere Auckland Brass Band

February 20 • Ever fancied moving to New Zealand? Waitakere Auckland Brass is looking for players to join their ranks. Our friendly band meets twice a week at our Auckland band room. We have an exciting year ahead so get in touch and find out more.

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

February 19 • A friendly non-contesting community band within easy reach of Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, we look forward to an exciting year under our new MD, Steve Block, and urgently need cornet players, front and back row, as well as baritone and BBb bass.

Julian Bright

Conductor, Compere/MC, Cornet Soloist