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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



rncm

Results: 2018 UniBrass Trophy

February 17 • The students of the Royal Northern College of Music retain their hold on the UniBrass Trophy


Bristol

Results: 2018 UniBrass Shield

February 17 • Bristol University come out top in the battle for the UniBrass Shield


Filton Concert

Results: 2018 Welsh Open

February 17 • Filton Concert reclaims Welsh Open title under the direction of Tom Davoren


Perth

Strong line-up for Scottish titles in Perth

February 17 • There will be plenty of keenly fought action at the Scottish Championship in Perth next month, with national representation, titles and qualification up for grabs.


Foden's Band - Patrons Concert

Tuesday 20 February • Sandbach School. Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS CW11 3NS


Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW


Strata Brass

February 17 • Require FRONT ROW CORNET (flexibility in the section) after Yorkshire Area (1st Section) in March.. Rehearsals SUN/WED.. MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Sensible concert/contest schedule.


Shipston Town band

February 15 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, 2nd horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4


The Corsham Band

February 15 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team


David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger