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World Rankings — June update

New chapter for rankings as new sponsorship deal reached with Band Supplies.

New rankings logo


As we reach the middle of 2016, we celebrate a new chapter in rankings history with the release of the first Band Supplies — British Bandsman/4barsrest.com World Rankings, following a recent deal with the leading retailer based in Glasgow and Leeds. This replaces the long-standing arrangement with World of Brass to which we offer our thanks for its support over the years. Band Supplies Managing Director, Ronnie Tennant, commented: "We are delighted that the name of Band Supplies will be associated with the world's leading brass bands and look forward to a long and successful partnership with British Bandsman, 4barsrest and their World Rankings."

Cory Band remains way out on front following its EBBC success in Lille and looks like it could be facing a tenth successive year at the top, while Carlton Main Frickley Colliery re-enters the top ten after its victory at the recent Spring Festival.

We are delighted that the name of Band Supplies will be associated with the world's leading brass bands...Ronnie Tennant

The other contests held since the last update were:

Flemish Open — won by Brass Band Buizingen
Irish Association of Brass and Concert Bands — won by Drogheda
German National Championships — won by 3BA
Fife Brass Band Festival — won by Newmilns and Galston
Buxton Brass Band Festival — won by Bollington Brass
Wood Farm Brewery Contest — won by Enderby
Aalborg Music Festival — won by Aarhus
French Open — won by Flowers,
Northern Counties BBA — won by Bon Accord Silver
Dutch Open — won by Brass Band Rijnmond
West Lothian Festival of Brass — won by Whitburn
Bugle Contest — won by St. Dennis.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Brighouse and Rastrick
4. Grimethorpe Colliery
5. Flowers
6. Tredegar
7. Foden's
8. Fairey
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
10. Eikanger-Bjørsvik

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Player registration queries to be investigated

March 21 • The series of Regional Championship events has brought player registration infringements to light — with investigations and disqualification decisions made.


National Youth Band heads west for April showcase

March 21 • Bramwell Tovey and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain will head to Cheltenham and Wells this April for their end of course concerts — with an Open Day opportunity on offer too.


Shirebrook open for entries

March 21 • The popular Shirebrook Entertainment Contest is looking for competing bands as local council continues long term support of banding movement.


Death of Riki McDonnell QSM

March 21 • The death has been announced of the celebrated New Zealand brass band musician Riki McDonnell QSM.

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

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

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 Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

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

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

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

Black Dyke Band - Newtown (Powys)

Saturday 24 March • Theatre Hafren, Llanidloes Rd, Newtown SY16 4HU

Amington Band

March 21 • Amington band are looking for back row cornets, a bass of each flavour & a bass trombone. We're a friendly, hard working bunch and welcome all to join us. We rehearse on Mondays & Wednesdays from 8-10pm in our own band room in Tamworth.

Leyland Band

March 21 • FLUGEL HORN. As a principal player, this will provide regular opportunities for solo performances in the concert and recording schedule. There will also be contest appearances at this year’s British Open Championship and the National Finals at the RAH.

Blidworth Welfare Band

March 21 • Percussionist.. Having just secured a fifth place in the Midlands Championship Section we are inviting applications for percussionist. We have a sensible diary of engagements whilst providing players with the potential to achieve success..

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator