The draw has been made for the 2018 Brass in Concert Entertainment Championship and Youth Brass in Concert Entertainment Championships.
It took place during a packed special concert by Grimethorpe Colliery Band at Durham Cathedral presented by the BiC organisers to support the North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund.
The draws were made by the Dean of Durham Cathedral Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, the Worshipful Mayor of Durham Cllr Bill Kellett and his consort Cllr Jean Chaplow. Also in attendance was the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowden and her husband.
Although Eikanger Bjorsvik is not returning to defend their title, there is still an exceptional international line-up of competing bands.
Former winners Cory, Foden's, Brighouse & Rastrick and Grimethorpe are joined by the twin American challenge of newly crowned NABBA Champion Fountain City and Atlantic Brass, as well as the Norwegians of Manger Musikklag and the top domestic rivals of Virtuosi GUS, Reg Vardy, Whitburn, Flowers and Carlton Main Frickley.
Meanwhile, there is a wonderful line up of some of the very best youth band talent in the UK for the inaugural Youth Brass in Concert Championship, with six bands sure to provide fantastic entertainment on the Saturday.
Further exciting elements of the weekend festival of brass are to be announced during the coming weeks, including adjudicators, workshops and masterclasses.
Brass in Concert Championship:
1. Virtuosi GUS
3. Brighouse & Rastrick
5. Reg Vardy
7. Fountain City
8. Manger Musikklag
10. Grimethorpe Colliery
11. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
12. Atlantic Brass Band
Youth Brass in Concert Championship:
1. Houghton Area Youth
2. Youth Brass 2000
3. Rochdale Borough Youth
4. Scottish Borders Youth
5. Elland Silver Youth
6. Wardle Academy Youth
It took place during a packed special concert by Grimethorpe Colliery Band at Durham Cathedral presented by the BiC organisers to support the North of England Children's Cancer Research Fund4BR
Tickets for Youth Brass in Concert on Saturday 17th November are available from Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or online at www.sagegateshead.com priced £10.00 and £5 (concessions).
Tickets for World of Brass in Concert featuring Foden's and Matt Ford are £27.00, £18.00 and £10.00, and Tickets for the Brass in Concert Championship on Sunday 18th November are £30.00, £22.00 and £12.00. Booking fees may apply.