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World Rankings: July update

No change at the top but Fairey return to the top ten.

Fairey Band


Fairey (Geneva) Band makes a dramatic return to the top ten in the latest World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings following its victory at the recent English National Brass Band Championships at Preston, the Stockport-based band’s first major win since the 2003 National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Foden's
4. Grimethorpe Colliery
5. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
6. Brighouse and Rastrick
7. Tredegar
8. Leyland
9. Rothwell Temperance
10. Fairey (Geneva)

Other upwardly-mobile bands are Reg Vardy and Skelmanthorpe, which both performed well at Preston, and Whitburn and Kingdom Brass, following their appearances in the Final of the West Lothian Festival.

The other ranking contests held since the last update were:

Brass in Ripon — won by North Skelton
French Open — won by Brass Band Rijnmond
Eurobrass — won by Provincial Brass Band Groningen
Queensland Championships — won by Brisbane Brass
Battle of the Bands — won by Dronfield
Bugle Contest — won by Camborne Town

Note that results for the recent New Zealand Championships are not included in this latest rankings release.

The next update will follow September’s British Open Championships, at which 14 of the current top-20 bands will be trying to make an impression on the Defending Champion’s massive lead in the rankings.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Bolsover Festival of Brass

Countdown to Bolsover Festival of Brass

September 30 • The countdown is on for the Bolsover Festival of Brass — and you can get to be a part of it live on air.

PRS logo

Loxley make composer link for PRS backed premieres

September 30 • Loxley Silver Band has gained PRS funding for a quartet of new works from composer Barry Gilbey.


Death of Peter Hainsworth

September 30 • The death has been reported of former Black Dyke and Brighouse & Rastrick player Peter Hainsworth.

Lone Wolf

Thoresby let their Wolf loose in Nottingham

September 29 • Thoresby Colliery Band will preview their Journey of the Lone Wolf preparation ahead of their Albert Hall challenge.

Black Dyke Band - Moldgreen United Reformed Church

Saturday 1 October • Wakefield Road, Moldgreen , Huddersfield HD5 8AA



Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 1 October • Holy Trinity church, . Long Melford. Suffolk

Staines Lammas Band - Virtuosi GUS

Saturday 1 October • St. Hilda's Church, Stanwell Rd, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 3QL

Contest: Bolsover Festival of Brass

Sunday 2 October • Heritage High School, Boughton Lane,Clowne, Chesterfield S43 4QG

Jubilee Brass (Oxford) Band

September 30 • Jubilee brass Oxford are looking to strengthen some positions within the band particularly Bass and Cornets. Any other instruments welcome. We are a friendly 3rd section band with a balanced concert/contest programme. Why not pop along and check us out.

Haslingden & Helmshore Brass Band

September 30 • Haslingden & Helmshore band under new management still have a few vacancies for the right type of quality players. In particular Cornets & basses .We are a friendly North West 1st Section band with a sensible mix of Contests & Concerts, come & see!

Severn Tunnel Band

September 29 • Severn Tunnel Band 3rd section are looking for a front row cornet and a Bb Bass to join our friendly and enthusiastic band.Based in Portskewett, Monmouthshire we rehearse Wed and Fri evenings from 7:30 till 9 pm. All players welcome.

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)