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World Rankings: October update

Further Welsh contest successes secure top rankings spots.

Cory Band


Welsh domination at the top of the World of Brass — British Bandsman Rankings is further cemented following last week’s National Final at the Royal Albert Hall, where Cory and Tredegar again took the top two places, reversing the order from the recent British Open.

Cory’s score now sits higher than any band since the rankings began in 2001 and there is a real possibility of the band breaking the 2,000 barrier by the end of the year if current form can be maintained through to the Brass in Concert Championship in November.

Significant movers since the last update include Woodfalls, which scored its first ever ‘frame’ placing at the Royal Albert Hall, and new National 1st Section Champion Tylorstown, while Valaisia Brass Band and Brisbane Excelsior both make significant strides following their victories in Switzerland and Australia respectively.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Tredegar
3. Foden's
4. Black Dyke
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland
7. Fairey
8. Co-operative Funeralcare
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
10. Grimethorpe Colliery

Other contests included since the last update are:

Wychavon Festival — won by Aveley and Newham;
Fleetwood Contest — won by Morecambe;
SCABA Autumn Contest — won by Brass Band Zele;
Fife Charities — won by Kingdom Brass;
Swiss Open — won by Valaisia Brass Band;
Australasian Open — won by Brisbane Excelsior;
Australasian Entertainment Championship — won by Brisbane Excelsior;
West Wales Festival — won by Tylorstown;
Bolsover Festival of Brass — won by EYMS.

The next update will follow the Brass in Concert Championship, where eight of the current top ten bands will compete in the strongest line-up in the contest’s 37-year history.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


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Band Supplies

Great deals on offer from Band Supplies

March 23 • There are some brilliant ex-demo and second hand deals on at the moment from Band Supplies

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

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

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Black Dyke Band - Newtown (Powys)

Saturday 24 March • Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes Rd, Newtown SY16 4HU

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Leyland Band - Annual Patrons' Concert

Sunday 25 March • Chorley Town Hall PR7 1DP

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 23 • REPIANO CORNET are you the right person for this seat, we have a sensible mix of concerts and contests with a Germany trip in 2019. Also a 5th place at the yorkshire areas in the 1st section we are looking to build on this for the future.

Lindley Band

March 23 • TUTTI CORNET required to join friendly team who enjoy a sensible balance of contests and high quality engagements under the direction of our new MD Rob Westacott. We rehearse Monday and Wednesday evenings in our own bandroom just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24.

Lindley Band

March 23 • FIRST HORN required to join friendly team who enjoy a sensible balance of contests and high quality engagements under the direction of our new MD Rob Westacott. We rehearse Monday and Wednesday evenings in our modern bandroom just 1 mile from M62 Jcn 24.

Alan Fernie

Arranger, composer, adjudicator, conductor