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World Rankings — October update

Valaisia and Whitburn reach new heights in the latest rankings release following their stunning efforts in Birmingham last month.

Valaisia celebrating their British Open success
  Valaisia celebrating their British Open success

The latest Band Supplies — 4barsrest.com Rankings show significant changes throughout the table in the wake of the first wave of the autumn contest season. Valaisia's historic British Open victory sees the Swiss band achieve an all-time high for a non-UK band, while Whitburn's runner-up place sees it in a record high position for a Scottish band since the rankings were first published in 2001.

Wins for Pemberton Old DW, Boarshurst, BD1 and Newmains and District at the National Finals sees these and many others that enjoyed a successful time at Cheltenham heading up the table

Other ranking contests held since the last update were:

Welsh National Eisteddfod — won by Northop;
New South Wales Championships — won by Warringah Concert Brass;
Dr. Martin Wainstones Cup — won by Reg Vardy;
Hardraw Scar — won by J36;
Exmouth Entertainment — won by SW Comms;
Swiss Open — won by Burgermusik Lucerne;
NEDDC Entertainment Contest — won by Stannington;
SCABA Autumn Contest — won by Friary Guildford;
Fife Charities — won by Bon Accord Silver;
Bolsover Festival of Brass — won by Elland Silver.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Valaisia Brass Band
3. Brighouse and Rastrick
4. Black Dyke
5. Whitburn
6. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
7. Grimethorpe Colliery
8. Brass Band Willebroek
9. Tredegar
10. Foden's

To view all the ranked bands, go to:
www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



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Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ


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Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ


West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact


The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team


Thundersley Brass Band

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David W. Ashworth

RSCM, ABBA Exec Member, NABBC PRO.
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator