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World Rankings: December update

Cory Band remains at the top of the latest World of Brass—4barsrest Rankings despite finishing in third place at the recent Brass in Concert Championship.

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Foden’s Band’s first victory at the event since 2000 takes it into second place, while Reg Vardy’s best run of form in the past few years sees the Durham-based band back in the top 15. Fountain City also makes a major mark, with its historic Scottish and US open victories, combined with an excellent performance at Brass in Concert taking it up 27 places.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Foden's
3. Black Dyke, Yorkshire
4. Grimethorpe Colliery
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland, North West
7. Rothwell Temperance
8. Stavanger
9. Fairey
10. Desford Colliery

The final rankings of the year will include the recent national championships in Holland, Belgium and Switzerland.

The other contests taking place since the last update are:

Pontin's—won by Tongwynlais Temperance
Australasian Open—won by Kew Band Melbourne
Australasian Entertainment Championship—won by Gunnedah Shire
Nambour Festival of Brass—won by South Brisbane Federal
Borders Entertainment—won by Newtongrange Silver
US Open—won by Fountain City
Siddis—won by Eikanger Bjorsvik
SWBBA Torquay—won by St. Dennis
Wilkinson Northern Open—won by Hammonds Saltaire
Kippax Entertainment—won by EYMS
SEWBBA contest—won by Pontardulais
Durham County BBA—won by Westoe Brass
West Midlands BBA—won by Langley
Gloucester BBA—won by Lydbrook
North Wales BBA—won by Beaumaris
Scottish Shield —won by Campbeltown
Scottish Challenge Cup—won by Coalburn
Northern Ireland Championships—won by Laganvale

To view all the ranked bands, go to:



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

Ebbw Valley

Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • Ebbw Valley notch up another Area title success to head to Cheltenham with Burry Port Town at their side.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Second Section

March 17 • North Skelton power their way to Cheltenham with J36 at their side after they made light of the opposition in Durham to take the Second Section title.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: First Section

March 17 • It's Harrogate and Houghton who deliver the musical metamorphosis to head to Cheltenham.

Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

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

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 ?

Walsall Brass Band

March 17 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are looking for Cornets, 1st Baritone, 2nd Euphonium, Bb Bass and Percusion.

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

Alan Fernie

Arranger, composer, adjudicator, conductor