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World Rankings: October update

Further Welsh contest successes secure top rankings spots.

Cory Band

 

Welsh domination at the top of the World of Brass — British Bandsman Rankings is further cemented following last week’s National Final at the Royal Albert Hall, where Cory and Tredegar again took the top two places, reversing the order from the recent British Open.

Cory’s score now sits higher than any band since the rankings began in 2001 and there is a real possibility of the band breaking the 2,000 barrier by the end of the year if current form can be maintained through to the Brass in Concert Championship in November.

Significant movers since the last update include Woodfalls, which scored its first ever ‘frame’ placing at the Royal Albert Hall, and new National 1st Section Champion Tylorstown, while Valaisia Brass Band and Brisbane Excelsior both make significant strides following their victories in Switzerland and Australia respectively.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Tredegar
3. Foden's
4. Black Dyke
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland
7. Fairey
8. Co-operative Funeralcare
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
10. Grimethorpe Colliery

Other contests included since the last update are:

Wychavon Festival — won by Aveley and Newham;
Fleetwood Contest — won by Morecambe;
SCABA Autumn Contest — won by Brass Band Zele;
Fife Charities — won by Kingdom Brass;
Swiss Open — won by Valaisia Brass Band;
Australasian Open — won by Brisbane Excelsior;
Australasian Entertainment Championship — won by Brisbane Excelsior;
West Wales Festival — won by Tylorstown;
Bolsover Festival of Brass — won by EYMS.

The next update will follow the Brass in Concert Championship, where eight of the current top ten bands will compete in the strongest line-up in the contest’s 37-year history.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:

www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



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Ibstock Brick Brass - Ibstock Country Fair

Sunday 19 August • Ibstock Showground. Pretoria Road. Ibstock. Leicestershire LE676LN


Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

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Trentham Brass Band

August 19 • Trombone players needed! Due to relocation, Trentham Brass Band have vacancies in their trombone section. We are a friendly band based in Stoke-on-Trent, rehearsing on Friday and Sunday evenings in our own band room. Confidentiality guaranteed.


Jubilee brass (Oxford) band

August 19 • Friendly 3rd section band, Jubilee brass oxford are looking to complete their trombone & bass sections. We are a sociable friendly group who practice twice a week. All other instruments welcome, come along and see what we are about, you will be welcome


Neil Samuel


Conductor