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Rankings: September update

The latest World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings sees Grimethorpe Colliery hold on to the top spot.


Despite narrowly missing out in the British Open Championship title a fortnight ago, Grimethorpe Colliery maintains a convincing lead over its rivals in the latest World of Brass—4barsrest Rankings. Foden’s Band’s victory at Symphony Hall takes the Cheshire-based band up to the number two position and the other significant mover is Kirkintilloch, which moves up six places following its fine fifth place under Selmer Simonsen.

Top 10 bands

1. Grimethorpe Colliery
2. Foden's
3. Cory
4. Black Dyke
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland
7. Brass Band Willebroek
8. Desford Colliery
9. YBS
10. Tredegar

The other contests taking place since the last update were:

New Zealand National Championships—won by Brisbane Excelsior
Picnic in the Park—won by Felling
Welsh National Eisteddfod—won by Tredegar
South Australia State Championships—won by K&N Spring Gully Brass
Victoria State Championships—won by Footscray Yarraville
New South Wales Championships—won by Kew Band Melbourne
Exmouth Festival of Brass—won by Heyl

The next update will follow the National Championships in the Royal Albert Hall in October, when Grimethorpe Colliery, Foden’s and Cory bands will all have a chance to take the top spot, with the result of November’s Brass in Concert Championship looking like it may play a major part in deciding the identity of 2008’s number one band.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:



Result: London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Third Section

March 18 • LGB Brass leads the way back to another National Final appearance alongside St Sebastian Wokingham and Milton Keynes Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Third Section

March 18 • Barton Community heads to Cheltenham with Knaresborough Silver at their side after a cracking Third Section battle in Durham.

Upper Rhondda

Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Upper Rhondda beat the snow and the opposition to head to Cheltenham with the youngsters of Cwmtawe Youth

Ian Williams

Williams memory at Brangwyn Hall

March 18 • There may be a keen battle for glory today in Swansea, but people will take time to remember one of the finest players to grace the Brangwyn Hall stage.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 18 • Our third section B Band are looking for Cornet and Trombone players. Rehearsals Friday's 7.00 - 8.15pm and Sunday mornings 10.00 - 12.15pm Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse. Our Saturday morning training band is also looking for players. All abilities.

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 18 • Second Section band we are looking for a 2nd Trombone and back row cornet. We have a busy concert calendar and a trip to Italy planned for August 2018.. Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer