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Rankings: YBS head 2004 final rankings

Professor David King and his YBS not only took awards from our readers, they also finished the year top of the 4BR World Rankings as well.

David King


Yorkshire Building Society finish 2004 at the top of the 4BR World Rankings with Scottish Co-op and Reg Vardy (Ever Ready) the only upwardly mobile top ten bands since the last update. Hepworth (Persimmon Homes) move ten places to 15 after their terrific victory in the Scottish Open and Freckleton’s fine showing their moves them up 25 placed to 33.

The Belgian, Swiss, French and Dutch Championships have all taken place since the previous update and bands from these countries have all made significant moves up the table, with Brass Band Rijnmond the highest new entry in the top 200 following their victory in the Dutch Championships. Rijnmond will also have a great chance pick up some serious points when they compete on home ground in the European Championships.

The other events that have taken place since the last update are:-

Leicester BBA—won by Priory Guildford
Wilkinson Open—won by Haydock
Manchester District Open—won by Thoresby Colliery
West Midlands BBA—won by Langley
Northumberland BBA Entertainment—BHK(U.K.) Ltd. Horden
Gloucestershire BBA—won by Derwent Brass

The next update will be in early January along with some exciting developments for the rankings.

To view the rankings, go to:

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

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.

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

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

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

John Ward

Conductor, Adjudicator