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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:



Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Your Logo Here

Big, little, large or small for Your Logo Here

November 17 • It doesn't matter about the size or number for Your Logo Here — just ask and we can keep everyone feeling part of your banding team...


Welsh heavyweights join forces under one roof

November 17 • Cory and Tredegar renew their support for the Ty Cerdd organisation that helps promote and celebrate music making in Wales.

Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY

Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR

Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW

Walsall Brass Band - Willenhall Singers

Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA

Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

East London Brass

November 17 • Champ band under their INSPIRATIONAL MD Jayne Murrill are looking for a top quality BASS TROMBONE player to join our team. Lots of exciting projects (concerts and contests) lined up in the next 2 years.

Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist