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World Rankings: September Update

Plenty on movement in the latest rankings following the recent British Open Championship with Foden's moving up to 3rd place.

Foden's on stage at the 2012 British Open


The latest update of the World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings show significant movement near the top following last weekend’s British Open Championships in Birmingham.

Black Dyke and Cory consolidate their top-two positions, while Foden’s third victory at the event since 2004 sees the Cheshire band move into third place.

Top 10 Bands

1. Black Dyke
2. Cory
3. Foden's
4. Brighouse and Rastrick
5. Fairey
6. Tredegar
7. Leyland
8. Grimethorpe Colliery
9. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
10. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

All three remain in the running to capture the coveted end-of-year top spot. Other significant movers since the last update include Midlands bands, Virtuosi GUS and Desford, which both solidified their positions in the British Open, while Woolston Brass’s victory at the New Zealand Championships sees it move up 46 places and German Champion 3BA a spectacular 52 places.

Other events taking place since the last update were:

New Zealand Band of the Year — won by Woolston Brass
Welsh National Eisteddfod — won by Melingriffith (City of Cardiff)
Land O' Burns — won by Co-operative Funeralcare

The next update will follow this year’s National Final at the Royal Albert Hall, where Brighouse and Rastrick will be chasing a first hat-trick of victories in the band’s history.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Elkhart flugel

4barsest.shop: Special offer item

January 19 • Band Supplies has a fantastic special offer on at the moment through the 4barsrest.shop with the the student Elkhart flugel horn.


Tredegar to close major Brass Festival in Linz

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Brass Toff

Brass Toff makes brass connection in Africa

January 19 • A wonderful musical mission by the Brass Toff instrument repair company has been a great success.

Philip Harper

Harper on his bike at Cory

January 19 • Philip Harper will be back in the saddle to lead the Cory peloton challenge to raise funds to help the Welsh Champions head to Utrecht.

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Wind Soloists

Friday 19 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - EYMS Brass Band at Hull City Hall

Saturday 20 January • Hull City Hall. 67 Carr Lane,. Kingston upon Hull HU1 3RQ

Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 20 January • Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX

Wantage Silver - Gary Curtin

Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR

The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

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

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

January 19 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, baritone and basses. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

Shipston Town band

January 18 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4

The Corsham Band

January 18 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist