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World Rankings — December update

All-time high for Eikanger-Bjørsvik following their victory at Brass in Concert last month.

  Eikanger-Bjørsvik celebrating their recent win at Brass in Concert

A busy month throughout the world of brass band contesting has resulted in considerable movement throughout the Band Supplies — British Bandsman Rankings.

Eikanger-Bjørsvik's historic victory at Brass in Concert sees it move to an all-time high number three. Despite a relatively disappointing 2018 Cory remains well ahead of the pack and looks set to stay there at least until September next year, but who knows what might be ahead for the leading bands in 2018?

The other ranking contests held since the last update were:

Swiss National — won by Valaisia;
Belgian National — won by Willebroek;
Scottish Open — won by Whitburn;
Danis National — won by Concord;
Swedish National — won by Gota;
NWABBA Rochdale Contest — won by Milnrow;
Siddis Brass — won by Eikanger-Bjørsvik;
YHBBA Contest — won by Skelmanthorpe, ;
Borders Entertainment — won by Jedforest Instrumental;
SWBBA Torquay — won by Camborne Town;
Scottish Challenge Shield — won by Clackmannan District;
US Open — won by Atlantic Brass Band;
Queen's University Festival of Brass — won by 1st Old Boys Silver;
Welsh League Merthyr Tydfil Contest — won by Tongwynlais Temperance;
Leicestershire BBA — won by Wantage Silver 'A';
North Wales BBA Rally — won by Northop;
Gloucester BBA — won by Forest of Dean Brass.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Brighouse and Rastrick
3. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
4. Valaisia Brass Band
5. Tredegar
6. Black Dyke
7. Whitburn
8. Foden's
9. Grimethorpe Colliery
10. Brass Band Willebroek

To view all the ranked bands, go to:

Ian Williams

Williams memory at Brangwyn Hall

March 18 • There may be a keen battle for glory today in Swansea, but people will take time to remember one of the finest players to grace the Brangwyn Hall stage.

Brangwyn Hall

The return of Johnny Sop

March 18 • The lure of playing at the Welsh Regional Championships has been too much for one of Welsh banding's most respected players.


Expansion leads to great deals at EuphoniumStore

March 18 • There are lots more fantastic deals to be had at Steven Mead's EuphoniumStore — but you had better be quick...


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • Sandhurst Silver strike gold as they head to Cheltenham as champions alongside qualifiers Amersham

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

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

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 18 • Our third section B Band are looking for Cornet and Trombone players. Rehearsals Friday's 7.00 - 8.15pm and Sunday mornings 10.00 - 12.15pm Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse. Our Saturday morning training band is also looking for players. All abilities.

Clifton and Lightcliffe Band

March 18 • Second Section band we are looking for a 2nd Trombone and back row cornet. We have a busy concert calendar and a trip to Italy planned for August 2018.. Based at Bailiff Bridge Brighouse.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

Gary Davies

Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator