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World Rankings: End of Year Update

Time to reflect on who were the biggest winners and losers over the past 12 months.

Cory Band celebrate

 

The closing World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings of 2015 see Cory Band way out on front for the ninth year in a row, with a lead that really could take some closing during 2016.

There are fairly few changes in position near the top since the last update, but Valaisia's outstanding win at the Swiss National Championships and Buizingen's success in Belgium sees these two genuine European Championship contenders making significant steps up the table.

The other contests taking place since the last update were:

Scottish Open Championships — won by Whitburn;
Scottish Challenge Shield — won by Johnstone Silver;
Leicestershire BBA — won by Kidlington Concert;
North Wales BBA — won by Llanrug;
Milton Keynes Contest — won by Redbridge Brass;
NIBBA Entertainment — won by Downshire Brass;
Wessex Winter Contest — won by Verwood Concert Brass.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Brighouse and Rastrick
4. Grimethorpe Colliery
5. Tredegar
6. Flowers
7. Foden's
8. Fairey
9. Eikanger-Bjorsvik
10. Burgermusik Luzern

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

Reviewing the 2015 rankings, we see that the Yorkshire duo of Brighouse and Rastrick and Grimethorpe Colliery are the bands that have advanced most during the year in terms of points increase. On the other side of the coin, those that have failed to live up to previous years' performances on the contest stage are led by Tredegar, Black Dyke (which only won the European Championships in 2015!) and Foden's, while best new entry into the top 200 is Roberts Bakery, up over 150 places during the past 12 months.

It seems hard to believe, but in a fortnight's time it will be back to the contest stage for those bands competing at the Butlin's Mineworkers Championships, where Flowers will attempt to win banding's biggest cash prize of £10,000 for the third year in a row, while the French National Championships will take place the same weekend — just some of the early highlights of another year of twists and turns ahead.

2015 was a good year for:

2014/2015: Total points +/-
6 to 3: Brighouse and Rastrick: 874.12 (+245.22)
5 to 4: Grimethorpe Colliery: 871.65 (+237.50)
19 to 13: Brass Band Willebroek: 227.61 (+111.98)
21 to 15: Virtuosi GUS: 190.71 (+79.71)
69 to 24: Camborne Town: 83.74 (+67.45)
7 to 6: Flowers: 542.96 (+56.24)
25 to 19: Woodfalls: 128.05 (+37.36)
24 to 18: Rothwell Temperance: 133.40 (+36.49)
87 to 33: Zone One Brass: 47.65 (+34.82)
20 to 17: Reg Vardy: 148.62 (+33.98)
59 to 37: Friary Guildford: 44.09 (+25.18)
137 to 50: Bon Accord: 25.70 (+20.10)
40 to 30: Northop: 55.55 (+17.68)
75 to 45: Wellington Brass: 31.63 (+16.45)
51 to 39: Redbridge Brass: 38.44 (+16.22)
72 to 46: Goodwick Brass: 31.62 (+16.22)
71 to 47: Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan A: 30.49 (+14.99)
90 to 49: Dalmellington: 26.60 (+14.78)
88 to 51: Llwydcoed: 24.42 (+11.87)
83 to 54: Jaguar Land Rover: 22.92 (+9.77)

2015 was a bad year for:

2014/2015: Total points +/-
3 to 5: Tredegar: 595.64 (-387.66)
2 to 2: Black Dyke: 943.09 (-387.34)
4 to 7: Foden's: 452.23 (-271.79)
9 to 9: Eikanger-Bjorsvik: 279.93 (-115.07)
1 to 1: Cory: 1,835.22 (-110.21)
15 to 27: Brass Band Schoonhoven: 68.30 (-77.01)
12 to 16: Carlton Main Frickley Colliery: 190.67 (-72.10)
16 to 25: Desford Colliery: 76.79 (-62.61)
11 to 12: Co-operative Funeralcare: 233.26 (-51.70)
17 to 22: Tongwynlais Temperance: 87.98 (-48.49)
32 to 65: Seindorf Beaumaris: 19.52 (-40.32)
18 to 21: Manger Musikklag: 93.57 (-39.40)
23 to 26: Hammonds Saltaire: 75.25 (-33.43)
26 to 32: Kirkintilloch: 50.38 (-30.52)
39 to 73: Brass Band of Central Florida: 14.97 (-24.37)
30 to 36: Milnrow: 44.70 (-24.19)
33 to 41: Marsden Silver: 33.53 (-23.73)
31 to 38: Noord Limburgse: 42.17 (-23.54)
10 to 10: Burgermusik Luzern: 266.29 (-22.74)
38 to 55: Aldbourne: 22.78 (-21.50)

Ten best new entries:

97th Roberts Bakery, North West, 10.23
138th Verwood Concert Brass, West, 5.43
145th Eccles Borough, North West, 5.14
147th Hade Edge, Yorkshire, 5.11
155th Lourdes Brass Band, Ireland, 4.67
156th Llanrug, Wales, 4.61
158th Enderby, Midlands, 4.33
162nd Roche Brass, West, 4.08
165th Brass Band de Douai, France, 3.84
167th Easington Colliery, North, 3.82



Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Clackmannan

Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Sage

Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


hands

Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.


Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH


Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd


Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE


Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.


Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.


Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.


Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer