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World Rankings: October update

Brighouse and Rastrick move up to third place following its second successive National title

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However, Cory Band is guaranteed to finish the year on top of the World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings for the fifth successive year.

Following yet another third place at the National Championships, the sixth time in the past nine years that the Welsh band has taken that exact placing at the event! Cory’s remarkable consistency (the band has never been out of the top six at the ‘National’ this century) has been the key to this fifth year of world domination, and the bad news for its competitors is that it looks certain to enter 2012 with a considerable head start on the rest of the field.

Brighouse and Rastrick move up to third place following its second successive National title, while the fourth place achieved by Beaumaris sees that Welsh band move up to an all-time high of 13th position.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Brighouse and Rastrick
4. Fairey (Geneva)
5. Foden's
6. Tredegar
7. Grimethorpe Colliery
8. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
9. Manger Musikklag
10. Rothwell Temperance

The other ranking contests held since the last update were:

Doctor Martin Trust Entertainment Contest — won by Exchange Communications Whitburn
Hardraw Scar — won by Harrogate
Bolsover Festival of Brass — won by Jaguar Land Rover
South Wales Miners’ Eisteddfod — won by Lewis Merthyr
NEDDC Entertainment Contest — won by Stannington
Wychavon Festival — won by BTM
National 1st Section Championship — won by Aldbourne
National 2nd Section Championship — won by Brunel Brass
National 3rd Section Championship — won by City of Bradford
National 4th Section Championship — won by Melingriffith 2
Swiss Open — won by Burgermusik Lucerne
New South Wales Championships — won by Willoughby City
Fleetwood Open — won by Oldham (Lees)
Burry Port — won by Burry Port; Fife Charities — won by Kingdom Brass
SCABA Folkestone — won by Friary Guildford

The next update will follow the busy November contest season, which sees national championships take place across Europe and the Brass in Concert and Scottish Open contests attracting many of the UK’s leading bands.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:



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