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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:

www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



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Friday 26 January • RNCM. 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9RD M13 9RD


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Friday 26 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE


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January 22 • Champ Section Band are looking for a top quality BASS TROMBONE PLAYER to complete their line up for some very exciting concerts and major contests in 2018/2019. We are only 5 mins walk from Walthamstow Central tube/train/bus station.


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January 22 • Want to start 2018 with a change? Fancy another blow each week? We are a friendly community band looking for new players to join our group. All welcome but especially cornet, horn, baritone, Bb Bass and Percussion.


Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

January 21 • We are a friendly non-contesting community band within easy reach of Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading. We look forward to an exciting year under our new MD, Steve Block, and urgently need cornet players, both front and back row, baritones and BBb bass..


Sandy Smith


Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger