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World Rankings: September update

Latest rankings following the recent British Open Championship and last weekend's lower section Nationals Finals.



The latest World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings show some significant changes in the wake of the first few weeks of the contest season, during which Black Dyke won the British Open title for the 30th time and moved up to second place overall, with Flowers making its first ever appearance in the top ten following its highest-ever finish in Birmingham.

Last weekend saw success for Filton Concert, Marple, Ebbw Valley and Northop bands at the Section 1-4 Finals of the National Championships, with corresponding rises for all the bands that were successful in Cheltenham causing a number of major advances up the table.

The other contests held since the last update were:

Land O' Burns — won by Whitburn;
Exmouth Festival of Brass — won by Roche Brass;
Dr. Martin Wainstones Cup — won by Reg Vardy;
Welsh Miners Welfare — won by AW Parker (Drybrook);
Hardraw Scar — won by Hade Edge;
NEMBBA Contest — won by Shirebrook Miners Welfare;
Swiss Open — won by Brass Band 13 Etoiles.

The next update will follow the National Final at the Royal Albert Hall, but such is the strength of the ever-consistent Cory these days that it is in an almost unassailable position in terms of retaining the end-of-year number one position that it has held since 2007.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Tredegar
4. Foden's
5. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
6. Flowers
7. Brighouse and Rastrick
8. Burgermusik Luzern
9. Grimethorpe Colliery
10. Co-operative Funeralcare

To view all the ranked bands, go to:

Friary Guildford

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

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


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

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.


Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Cory delivers an emotional Odyssey that takes them to London and to Montreux in Swansea. Tredegar comes runner-up, with Tongwynlais and City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) also booking their places in Kensington.

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

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

St Albans City Band

March 19 • Time for a change after the Areas? Or do you just fancy another blow each week? We are a friendly community band looking for new players to join our group. All welcome but especially cornet, horn, Eb / Bb Bass and Percussion.

Friary Guildford Brass Band

March 19 • The L&SC Champions are looking for a committed Bb bass player to join our team.. . We have a busy, but sensible schedule of concerts and contests including the Grand Shield and National Finals.

Ian Holmes

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