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World Rankings: June Update

Black Dyke take over the number 1 spot following their emphatic win at the recent English National Championship.

Black Dyke performing at the 2012 English Nationals


The latest World of Brass—4barsrest.com rankings show some significant changes near the top following the recent spate of contests. After its recent wins at Bradford, Rotterdam and Preston, Black Dyke returns to the number one spot for the first time in five years and will enter the autumn ‘majors’ as the band to beat.

Moving up to number three following its win at the All-England Masters International is Tredegar, while runner-up, Brass Band Buizingen, moves up nine places.

Top 10 bands

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

The other contests to take place since the last update were:

SEWBBA Ebbw Vale Contest — won by Burry Port;
Grenland Festival — won by Krohnengen;
East Anglia BBA — won by Cawston;
SWBBA Weston-super-Mare — won by Jackfield (Elcock Reisen);
scaba Entertainment — won by Haverhill;
French Open — won by Paris Brass Band;
Ripon festival of Brass — won by Ripon City;
West Lothian Festival of Brass — won by Co-operative
Funeralcare; Euro Brass — won by Brass Band Schoonhoven;
Bugle Contest — won by St. Dennis;
Battle of the Bands — won by Dronfield.

The next update will appear after the British Open Championship, held on 1 September, when 14 bands in the 20 will be making their assault on the coveted end-of-year top spot.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


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