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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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