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World Rankings: October update

Cory Band remains well ahead of the chasing pack in the World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings, despite missing out on its bid for a historic 'grand slam' in London last weekend.

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Cory Band remains well ahead of the chasing pack in the World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings, despite missing out on its bid for a historic 'grand slam' in London last weekend.

Black Dyke’s 22nd victory at the ‘National’ takes it up to the number two spot, while Rothwell Temperance rises to number seven in what has been a remarkable year so far for the Yorkshire band.

Victories at Harrogate by Tongwynlais (36th), City of Cardiff (107th), Brunel Brass (240th) and St. Breward (327th) all had significant effects for these aspiring bands, while the highest new entry is Barton Town in 81st place after its second prize in the 1st Section.

Top 10 Bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Foden's
4. Grimethorpe Colliery
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland
7. Rothwell Temperance
8. Brass Band Treize Etoiles
9. Stavanger
10. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery

The other contests taking place since the last update were:

Dronfield Contest—won by Stannington
Hardraw Scar—won by Harrogate
Wychavon—won by Tredegar
Swiss Open—won by Burgermusik Luzern
Fleetwood Contest—won by Freckleton
Bolsover Contest—won by Ratby Co-op
Fife Charities—won by Dalmellington
Burry Port—won by Cwmaman Institute
SCABA Folkestone—won by Friary Guildford

Note that the Pontins and Australasian Open results will be included within the next release.

The next update will follow the Brass in Concert Championship, at which Cory will look to extend its lead before year’s contest season ends.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Elkhart flugel

4barsest.shop: Special offer item

January 19 • Band Supplies has a fantastic special offer on at the moment through the 4barsrest.shop with the the student Elkhart flugel horn.


Tredegar to close major Brass Festival in Linz

January 19 • Tredegar will head to the Brucknerhaus concert hall in Austria in November to perform at the Gala Concert of the prestigious Brass Festival Linz series.

Brass Toff

Brass Toff makes brass connection in Africa

January 19 • A wonderful musical mission by the Brass Toff instrument repair company has been a great success.

Philip Harper

Harper on his bike at Cory

January 19 • Philip Harper will be back in the saddle to lead the Cory peloton challenge to raise funds to help the Welsh Champions head to Utrecht.

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Wind Soloists

Friday 19 January • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - EYMS Brass Band at Hull City Hall

Saturday 20 January • Hull City Hall. 67 Carr Lane,. Kingston upon Hull HU1 3RQ

Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 20 January • Morley Town Hall, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DX

Wantage Silver - Gary Curtin

Saturday 20 January • Reading Central Salvation Army RG1 7JR

The Hepworth Band - Soprano Sarah Ogden

Sunday 21 January • Christ Church, Sude Hill, New Mill, Holmfirth HD9 7BL

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

January 19 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, in particular cornets, baritone and basses. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

Shipston Town band

January 18 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4

The Corsham Band

January 18 • 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

Ian Holmes

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