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World Rankings: September Update

Plenty on movement in the latest rankings following the recent British Open Championship with Foden's moving up to 3rd place.

Foden's on stage at the 2012 British Open


The latest update of the World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings show significant movement near the top following last weekend’s British Open Championships in Birmingham.

Black Dyke and Cory consolidate their top-two positions, while Foden’s third victory at the event since 2004 sees the Cheshire band move into third place.

Top 10 Bands

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

All three remain in the running to capture the coveted end-of-year top spot. Other significant movers since the last update include Midlands bands, Virtuosi GUS and Desford, which both solidified their positions in the British Open, while Woolston Brass’s victory at the New Zealand Championships sees it move up 46 places and German Champion 3BA a spectacular 52 places.

Other events taking place since the last update were:

New Zealand Band of the Year — won by Woolston Brass
Welsh National Eisteddfod — won by Melingriffith (City of Cardiff)
Land O' Burns — won by Co-operative Funeralcare

The next update will follow this year’s National Final at the Royal Albert Hall, where Brighouse and Rastrick will be chasing a first hat-trick of victories in the band’s history.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:



Report & Results: 2018 New Zealand National Championships

July 15 • Wellington makes it an Australasian 'double' as they add New Zealand title to their 2018 honours under Nigel Seaman — whilst there are Grade victories for Brass Whanganui, Howick Brass, Roxburgh Pioneer Energy Brass and Nelson City Brass Academy.


New works from Pennine Music

July 14 • There are two new works to enjoy from the pen of composer Nick Brocklehurst at Pennine Brass

Roberts Bakery Band

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Salford youngsters buzzing with their brass playing exploits

July 13 • The fantastic young pupils of Boothstown Methodist Primary School have enjoyed a memorable 10 days of brass playing achievement.

The Fairey Band - ACID BRASS

Saturday 14 July • Harrogate Music Festival

Medway Band - Church Fund Raiser

Saturday 14 July • Christ Church . Broadway. Bexleyheath. . DA6 7BT

Gresley Colliery Band - Overseal Gala

Saturday 14 July • Overseal Derbyshire DE12 6

Newstead Brass - Ripley Music Festival

Saturday 14 July • Crossley Park, Ripley DE5 3GT

Sherborne Town Band - Sherborne Youth Band

Sunday 15 July • Sherborne Town Band presents ‘Music In The Park’ 2018. This year EVERY concert involves the amazing Sherborne Youth Band and there will be ice cr DT9 3NW

East London Brass

July 15 • London based Championship section band are on the look out for a CORNET PLAYER and PERCUSSIONIST to join our team. Lots of exciting concerts and contests coming up in the next 12 months.

Strata Brass

July 15 • TENOR TROMBONE. Yorkshire 1st Section Champions - National finals (September) - Championship Section 2019.. MD Jonathan Bates. Rehearsals SUN/WED,bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1 (Hoyland)

Oxted Band

July 14 • Cornet vacancies! Members shortly leaving us for university and college places means we have space in our cornet section for a new player or two. Oxted is an ambitious friendly local band, with a good calendar of events, concerts, occasional contests.

Mark Wilkinson

Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor