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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:

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

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

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 Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

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

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

Hitchin Band

March 20 • BASS TROMBONE VACANCY - Hitchin Band (promoted to Championship as of 2019) are looking for a bass trombone player to fill our vacancy. We are a friendly and sociable band with a busy and varied concert programme throughout the year.

Milnrow Band

March 20 • 2nd EUPHONIUM and 2 FIRST CLASS CORNET PLAYERS. We have immediate vacancies for a 2nd Euphonium & 2 Cornet players (positions negotiable). We rehearse Mon/Thur 8pm-10pm in our own bandroom in Milnrow, situated just off J21 M62 and accessible via Metrolink.

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Chris Wormald

B.Mus (Hons), LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, adjudicator, arranger