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World Rankings — August update

The latest update of the Band Supplies — 4barsrest.com World Rankings see minimal changes near the top as we approach the autumn contest season.

Wellington Brass
  Wellington Brass celebrating victory at this year's New Zealand Championships.

Wellington Brass' success at the New Zealand National Championships sees it re-enter the top 50 prior to its forthcoming British Open appearance, while the other leading bands from NZ all move up accordingly.

The other ranking contests taking place since the last update were:

South of Ireland Championships — won by Lourdes Brass Band;
Ohio Brass Arts Festival — won by Central Ohio;
Denby Pottery Village Contest — won by Kibworth;
Durham County BBA — won by Durham Miners Association;
Shirebrook Entertainment Contest — won by Enderby;
National Eisteddfod of Wales — won by Tredegar.

The next update will follow the National Championships for sections 1-4 and will include the British Open, at which Yorkshire's finest in positions 2-4 will all be challenging Cory for its place at the top of the table.

Top 10 Bands

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

To view all the ranked bands, go to:
www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



British Open

No change to minor test-piece cuts at British Open

August 19 • The small performance amendments to the British Open test-piece 'A Brussels Requiem' remain — with agreement of the composer.


Fodens

RNCM announces conducting link with Foden's

August 17 • The Royal Northern College of Music has announced an innovative conducting link to North West champion Foden's.


tuba

Superb tuba on hand at Band Supplies

August 17 • There is a superb fully refurbished 922 round stamp Boosey & Hawkes BBb tuba ready for a new home at Band Supplies Leeds.


Norwich

Ager to take helm at City of Norwich

August 17 • The experienced Mark Ager will take over the conducting lead of City of Norwich Band with Cheltenham on the horizon.


Thundersley Brass Band - Visit the Vulcan - Open Day

Sunday 19 August • London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS26YU


Ibstock Brick Brass - Ibstock Country Fair

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


Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

Saturday 1 September • Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY


Contest: 166th British Open

Saturday 8 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Black Dyke Band - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert, Birmingham

Sunday 9 September • Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA


Witney Town Band

August 19 • A friendly 4th section band based in West Oxfordshire require Front row cornet, Second Horn and Percussion. We rehearse from 7:30 - 9.30pm pm every Tuesday at Witney Methodist Church, High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HG.


Elland Silver Band

August 17 • Are seeking a Repiano Cornet Player. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced or talented young player to join one of Yorkshire's progressive championship section bands.


Crewe Brass

August 17 • Crewe Brass seek Eb and Bb bass, Euphonium and Baritone players. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe.


Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author