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World Rankings: May update

Latest World of Brass—4barsrest.com World Rankings following last weekend's European Championships.

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Cory Band consolidates its position as the number one band in the World of Brass—4barsrest.com World Rankings following the retention of its European Championship title in Ostend last weekend.

Outstanding placings in Ostend by Brass Band Treize Etoiles from Switzerland and Eikanger-Bjørsvik from Norway see both breaking into the top ten for the first time and, with four overseas bands now occupying top-12 positions, the leading Continental bands now appear to be stronger than ever.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Grimethorpe Colliery
3. Foden's
4. Black Dyke
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Stavanger
7. Brass Band Treize Etoiles
8. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
9. Leyland
10. Fairey

Other contests taking place since the last update were:

Australian Championships—won by Gunnedah Shire Band
New Zealand Championships—won by Woolston Brass
North American Championships—won by Fountain City Brass
Irish Championships—won by Drogheda Brass
Tameside Open—won by Ashton-under-Lyne
Northern Ireland Brass Band League—won by 1st Old Boys Silver
SCABA Spring Contest—won by Friary Guildford
Holme Valley Contest—won by Skelmanthorpe
Fife Festival of Brass—won by Clackmannan District Brass

The next update will follow the All-England Masters International in Cambridge at the end of May.

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 ?

Mark Wilkinson

Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor