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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:


Donald HNSON

Black Dyke mourn loss of former President

January 20 • Black Dyke has announced the death of Donald Hanson, the man who helped secure the future of the band following the demise of the John Foster & Son textile business.

Black Dyke

Black Dyke to premiere new works in medieval splendour

January 20 • A successful 'Grants for the Arts Programme' award will see Market Rasen Band host Black Dyke and two world premieres at one of the great medieval cathedrals in England.


Foden's to search for lost treasures of the past

January 20 • Foden's is hoping to locate 376 medals presented to the players who won 16 British Open and National titles between them in the band's golden era of historic success.


Childs to lead workshop glimpse of student life at Royal Welsh College

January 20 • Dr Robert Childs is to lead a Junior Brass Band Workshop at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff next month — so sign up now!

Black Dyke Band - Symphony Hall

Sunday 21 January • Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA

The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL

The Fairey Band -

Sunday 21 January • The Hawth Theatre. Hawth Avenue. Crawley. RH10 6YZ RH106YZ

Regent Hall Concerts - The Countess Of Wessex's String Orchestra

Friday 26 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Friday 26 January • RNCM. 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD M13 9RD

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

January 21 • We are 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, both front and back row, baritones and BBb bass..

Middleton Youth Band

January 21 • Training band musical director.. . Musical director required for our recently formed training band to start from February or as soon as possible.. Rehearsals are Mondays 5.45 -6.45pm and the first Saturday of the month 10 -11am

Northop Silver Band

January 21 • 2017 National Eisteddfod winners and Band Cymru semi-finalists are seeking applications for an assistant principle cornet, Bb Bass and a Baritone to help us fulfil our potential under our new MD John Doyle. . Easy travel links, located just off the A55.

Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen

D. Phil. (Oxon) [Ph.D Oxford University], GBSM, LTCL, ABSM, ALCM, Cert. Ed.