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World Rankings: December Update

Brass in Concert win sends Cory back to the top of the world rankings.

Cory with Philip Harper


Cory Band will finish the year as the number one band in the World of Brass — 4barsrest.com Rankings for a remarkable sixth year in succession following its recent victory at the Brass in Concert Championship.

A busy end to the 2012 contesting season also saw national championships taking place in Denmark (won by Lyngby Taarbaek), Belgium (Brass Band Buizingen), Switzerland (Fribourg), The Netherlands (Schoonhoven) and Sweden (Windcorp), with all the winners going forward to next year’s European Championships in Oslo.

Top 10 Bands

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

The ranking contests added since the last update were:

Victoria State Championships — won by Kew Band Melbourne
Siddis — won by Stavanger
US Open — won by Fountain City
Borders Entertainment — won by Coalburn Silver
SWBBA Torquay — won by Camborne Town
North Wales Championships — won by Northop
International Brass Band Contest — won by Manger Musikklag
Kippax Entertainment — won by South Milford
Northern Open — won by Oldham (Lees)
Gloucester BBA — won by Hyde
SEWBBA Blaenavon — won by Burry Port
Leicestershire BBA — won by Ashton-under-Lyne
Scottish Shield — won by Newmilns and Galston
Scottish Challenge Cup — won by Kingdom Brass ‘B’

To view all the ranked bands, go to:



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July 17 • A new festival in the seaside resort of Lytham St Annes run by Lancashire Music Service has been a great success...


Radio: Frank Renton — Still Listening to the Band: Episode 5

July 17 • Frank on the internet airwaves with his latest selection of music and chat


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July 17 • A new musical initiative by the Rhondda Fach Youth Band is aimed at getting youngsters from all over Wales to enjoy a weekend of fun and adventure — as well as a bit of practice.


Radio: Sunday Bandstand

July 17 • More red hot brass music music to keep you cool this Summer from Chris Helme in Yorkshire.

Kettering Citadel S A Band -

Tuesday 17 July • 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering,. NN16 8JU

Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS

Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ

Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN

The Corsham Band

July 17 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.


July 16 • Are you looking for a band in the North West?. PEMBERTON OLD WIGAN DW 'B' BAND have vacancy for 1st horn, Bb Bass and kit player.

Cheltenham Silver Band

July 16 • We are a progressive and inclusive 2nd Section band.. We are in an unusual position of needing some experienced cornet players, positions negotiable.. Half of our front row are leaving to ensure we have players for the future aka maternity leave.

Sandy Smith

Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger