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World Rankings: December update

Welsh bands Cory and Tredegar pull further ahead at the top of the rankings.

Cory Band

 

2013’s penultimate update of the World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings sees Wales’ two most dominant bands shooting even further ahead of the chasing pack following the Brass in Concert Championship, with Cory’s score now representing an all-time record since these rankings first appeared in 2001.

With four bands in the top 20, eight in the top 50 and 12 in the top 100, Wales now stands alone as the strongest region in the banding world in terms of contest success, an position that has previously only been occupied by Yorkshire and the North West of England.

The other contests taking place since the last update were:

Danish Championships — won by Concord;
Swedish Championships — won by Windcorp;
Scottish Open Championship — won by Co-operative Funeralcare;
Pogson Bray — won by Slaithwaite;
Siddis Brass — won by Stavanger;
US Open Championship — won by Fountain City;
North Wales BBA — won by Deiniolen;
SWBBA Torquay — won by Aldbourne;
Borders Entertainment — won by Tullis Russell;
Kippax Entertainment — won by Uppermill;
Northern Open — won by Wingates.

The final rankings for 2013 will include the series of Continental National Championships and will be published later this month, with Cory as the world’s number one band for a remarkable seventh year in succession.

Top ten bands

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

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



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Andy WAREHAM

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Eikanger

Community celebrations continue for Eikanger

May 21 • Congratulations from the Prime Minister, local dignitaries and representatives from all parts of their local community continue to mark Eikanger's recent European title winning success.


Middleton Youth Band - Middleton Band & The Houghton Weavers

Saturday 27 May • St Michael's Church. Townley Street. Middleton. M24 1BT M24 1BT


Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Bury St Edmunds Festival

Saturday 27 May • The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD


Hitchin Band - Hitchin Band at Abington Bandstand

Sunday 28 May • Abingdon Park Bandstand NN3 3HN


Contest: All England International Masters

Sunday 28 May • Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Dr, Kettering NN15 6PB


Derwent Brass - Derwent Brass Stage & Screen Concert

Saturday 3 June • Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF


Shipston Town band

May 24 • We need Bb Cornets Tenor Trombone and a Bb Bass. We rehearse on Sundays 7 to 9 and Wednesdays 7.30 to 9.30 in our own band room. We are graded Section 4 and located in South Warwickshire. Come along for a blow with our experienced conductor Howard Gibbs


Amesbury Town Band

May 23 • Players and beginners of any standard are always welcomed. We urgently need a few more solo cornets, Bb bass and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


York Railway Institute Band

May 21 • York RI Band (North of England Championship Section, MD Dr. David Lancaster), have immediate vacancies for Principal Cornet, Back Row Cornet and Flugel Horn players. Band members travel in from the West, East and South of York, so lifts are possible.


Derek Renshaw

ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator.