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World Rankings: May update

Black Dyke close the gap at the top of the rankings following their recent win in Rotterdam at the European Championships

Black Dyke performing at the 2012 Europeans


The latest World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings see few changes at the very top following last weekend’s European Championships, but Black Dyke’s
first victory in the event since 2005 means that Cory’s lead at the top has been vastly reduced.

'Dyke' will now approach the English National Championships in June as hot favourite to take over the number one position.

Continental success at Rotterdam also means big rises for Eikanger-Bjørsvik (Norway), Noord Limburgse (Belgium) and Brass Band Schoonhoven
(Netherlands), while other big movers since the last update include North American Champion, Atlantic Brass Band, and Australian Champion, Gunnedah

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Black Dyke
3. Brighouse and Rastrick
4. Foden's
5. Tredegar
6. Fairey (Geneva)
7. Eikanger-Bjørsvik
8. Leyland
9. Grimethorpe Colliery
10. Manger Musikklag

Other ranking contests taking place since the last update are:

Tameside Open — won by Oldham (Lees);
Northern Ireland Brass Band League — won by 1st Old Boys Association Silver;
Flemish Open — won by Brass Band Schoonhoven;
Fife Brass Band Festival — won by Kingdom Brass;
Buxton Brass Band Festival — won by Bollington Brass;
Irish Championships — won by Drogheda.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Sheona White

White joins adjudication association

June 19 • Sheona White is the latest high profile recruit to join the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators


Superb UK deals on Besson 180th Anniversary instruments

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Tredegar Town Band - Mussorgsky meets Mozart

Wednesday 20 June • ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham. B4 7XR

Black Dyke Band - Halifax Choral Society

Saturday 23 June • Victoria Theatre, 2 Fountain St, Halifax HX1 1BP

The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ

Torbay Brass Band

June 19 • Torbay Brass Band is looking for trombone and cornet players to join their current set up. We are a friendly hard working group who really would welcome such players into our fold. So if you are looking to join a band or returning to playing....?

Crewe Brass

June 19 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.

Hade Edge Band

June 19 • An opportunity has arisen at Hade Edge Band for an Eb bass player to join our very friendly First Section Band. We rehearse on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Hade Edge Band Room, Greave Road, Hade Edge from 8pm to 10pm

David Frame

Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor