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Rankings: December update

The latest World of Brass—4barsrest Rankings see Cory Band back at the top following the Welsh band’s win at Brass in Concert.

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Stavanger’s second place at that event takes it to an all-time high for a Norwegian band of seventh place, while its compatriot, Manger Musikklag, is among the highest climbers following its victory at the Siddis entertainment contest.

Top 10 bands:

1. Cory
2. Grimethorpe Colliery
3. Foden's
4. Black Dyke
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland
7. Stavanger
8. Fairey
9. Brass Band Willebroek
10. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

November has been a busy month for banding all over the world. Other contests being held since the last update were:

Tasmania Championships — won by Glenorchy City
Fleetwood Contest — won by Bactiguard Wire Brass
SCABA Folkestone — won by Friary Guildford
Gloucester BBA — won by Lydbrook
Pontin’s — won by Sovereign Brass
Australasian Open — won by Woolston Brass
Australasian Entertainment Championship — won by Woolston Brass
Borders Entertainment — won by Johnstone Silver
Malton Entertainment — won by Yorkshire Co-op
US Open — won by Fountain City
Kippax Entertainment — won by EYMS
Wilkinson Northern Open — won by Freckleton
SWBBA Torquay — won by Milton Keynes Brass
Leicester BBA — won by Ratby Co-op
Treorchy Contest — won by BTM
Blue Lake City Festival — won by Kew Band Melbourne
West Midlands BBA — won by Phoenix West Midlands
Scottish Shield / Challenge Cup — won by Kirkintilloch Kelvin
Scottish Challenge Cup — won by Dalkeith and Monktonhall
Scottish Open — won by Scottish Co-op
Swiss Championships — won by Treize Etoiles
Dutch Championships — won by Brass Band Rijnmond
Belgian Championships — won by Festival Brass Band
Danish Championships — won by Lyngby Taarbaek
Northern Ireland Championships — won by Murley Silver
Swedish Championships — won by Stockholm Brass

To view all the ranked bands, go to:



Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Cory delivers an emotional Odyssey that takes them to London and to Montreux in Swansea. Tredegar comes runner-up, with Tongwynlais and City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) also booking their places in Kensington.


Result: London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Second 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

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 ?

Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer