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World Rankings: End of year update

Cory end the contest year at the top of the rankings list.

Cory with Philip Harper


The end of the 2012 contesting year sees Cory crowned at the world's number one band in the World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings for the sixth time in succession, following a somewhat transitional year that saw it just missing out on the top three championship titles.

We are absolutely delighted that Cory has retained the number one ranking for the sixth timeAustin Davies

Anyone hearing the Welsh Champion's performance at this year's Brass in Concert will agree, however, that it remains a major force to be reckoned with in the year ahead.

Austin Davies, Band Manager or Cory, told 4BR: "We are absolutely delighted that Cory has retained the number one ranking for the sixth time and will be doing everything we can to make it a 'magnificent seven' in 2013!"

Few would argue, though, that history will remember 2012 as the year that Foden's won 'double' of British Open and National Championship titles.

Foden's thus leads the list of bands that have added the highest number of points during 2012, a length ahead of Black Dyke, Leyland and Co-operative Funeralcare, which all enjoyed significant success during the past 12 months.

The 2013 season begins in earnest at Skegness on the weekend of 19-20 January and the next Rankings update will be prior to the Regional Championships in March, which always result in the greatest amount of movement in the entire year.

In the meantime, here are some of the bands that have had a memorable 12 months, for one reason or another!

2012 was a good contesting year for

2011/2012/Band/Total +/-

3/2 Foden's 1,353.49 481.10
2/3 Black Dyke 1,146.85 211.49
8/6 Leyland 678.78 194.78
17/9 Co-operative Funeralcare 279.61 126.76
22/11 Tongwynlais Temperance 227.06 117.61
29/14 Noord Limburgse 189.13 115.97
1/1 Cory 1,479.25 108.88
23/15 Brass Band Schoonhoven 159.71 52.14
5/4 Brighouse and Rastrick 879.68 50.92
25/22 Flowers 121.96 32.51

...and a bad one for

2011/2012/Band/Total +/-

4/7 Tredegar 643.31 -152.64
6/5 Fairey 700.23 -114.15
9/10 Carlton Main Frickley Colliery 270.61 -108.98
10/13 Manger Musikklag 201.16 -98.59
12/16 Rothwell Temperance 159.32 -80.32
13/24 Brass Band of Central Florida 110.32 -72.51
17/23 Stavanger 121.43 -52.25
15/21 Reg Vardy 124.22 -41.96
7/8 Grimethorpe Colliery 462.39 -37.24
24/30 Kirkintilloch 66.44 -34.05

Ten highest new entries into the top 200

43rd Tertnes Brass, Norway
93rd Paris Brass Band, France
108th Becontree Brass, London & SC
114th Pelorus Trust Wellington Brass, New Zealand
120th Wardle & District Anderson Brass, North West
121st Kleppe Musikklag, Norway
129th South Milford Brass, North
140th Brass Band Columbus, USA
143rd Shepherd Group, North
150th Ensemble de Cuivres Jurassien, Switzerland

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!)

Nigel Seaman

Conductor, band trainer, teacher and adjudicator