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World Rankings: December Update

Brass in Concert win sends Cory back to the top of the world rankings.

Cory with Philip Harper


Cory Band will finish the year as the number one band in the World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings for a remarkable sixth year in succession following its recent victory at the Brass in Concert Championship.

A busy end to the 2012 contesting season also saw national championships taking place in Denmark (won by Lyngby Taarbaek), Belgium (Brass Band Buizingen), Switzerland (Fribourg), The Netherlands (Schoonhoven) and Sweden (Windcorp), with all the winners going forward to next year’s European Championships in Oslo.

Top 10 Bands

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

The ranking contests added since the last update were:

Victoria State Championships — won by Kew Band Melbourne
Siddis — won by Stavanger
US Open — won by Fountain City
Borders Entertainment — won by Coalburn Silver
SWBBA Torquay — won by Camborne Town
North Wales Championships — won by Northop
International Brass Band Contest — won by Manger Musikklag
Kippax Entertainment — won by South Milford
Northern Open — won by Oldham (Lees)
Gloucester BBA — won by Hyde
SEWBBA Blaenavon — won by Burry Port
Leicestershire BBA — won by Ashton-under-Lyne
Scottish Shield — won by Newmilns and Galston
Scottish Challenge Cup — won by Kingdom Brass ‘B’

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Richard Marshall

When in Rome...

January 22 • Black Dyke principal cornet Richard Marshall will be heading to the Eternal City next month to work and perform with the Italian Brass Band.

Jim Davies

Newstead opt for experience for their Odyssey adventure

January 22 • Newstead Brass has welcomed experience in front and behind the stands in time for the start of the forthcoming contest season.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

January 22 • More music from the heartland of Yorkshire with Chris Helme.

Denis Wick

4BR Shop: 20% off Denis Wick 4B mouthpieces

January 22 • There is a great offer on at the 4BR Shop on the iconic Denis Wick 4B mouthpiece.

Foden's Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

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

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

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

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Youth & The Cory Band

Saturday 27 January • Halifax Minster HX51 1 QL

Tredegar Town Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 27 January • RNCM. 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD M13 9RD

Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

Saturday 27 January • RNCM, 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9RD

East London Brass

January 22 • Champ Section Band are looking for a top quality BASS TROMBONE PLAYER to complete their line up for some very exciting concerts and major contests in 2018/2019. We are only 5 mins walk from Walthamstow Central tube/train/bus station.

St Albans City Band

January 22 • Want to start 2018 with a change? Fancy another blow each week? We are a friendly community band looking for new players to join our group. All welcome but especially cornet, horn, baritone, Bb Bass and Percussion.

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..

Martin Heartfield

Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist