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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



Alchemy

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British Open

2018 British Open is sold out

May 22 • There is no room left at Symphony Hall for the 166th British Open Championship — so you will need to by lucky with any returns to the box office.


Whit Friday

BrassPass.tv to live-stream Whit Friday from Delph

May 22 • There will be the chance to enjoy the Whit Friday action from Delph on Friday thanks to BrassPass.tv


Wardle

Brass Bands England seeks consultation on National Youth Championships

May 22 • BBE seeks consultation over future structure and development of the National Youth Championships of Great Britain.


Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Tuesday 22 May • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 25 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Black Dyke Band - Huddersfield Town Hall - Massed Male Voice Choirs

Saturday 26 May • Huddersfield Town Hall, Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Foden's Band - Edwin Firth Commemoration Event - Sandbach

Friday 1 June • Sandbach School, Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Contest: French Open Championships 2018

Friday 1 June • Amboise 37400


Walsall Brass Band

May 22 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are also looking for more Cornet players front or back row. Anyone who is interested please contact Roger.


Walsall Brass Band

May 22 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are looking for a Euphonium player and a Drummer to join them. We rehearse once a week in Walsall which is a Staffordshire / West Midlands border town.


The Corsham Band

May 22 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.


Neil Samuel


Conductor