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World Rankings: July update

No change at the top but Fairey return to the top ten.

Fairey Band


Fairey (Geneva) Band makes a dramatic return to the top ten in the latest World of Brass—4barsrest.com Rankings following its victory at the recent English National Brass Band Championships at Preston, the Stockport-based band’s first major win since the 2003 National Championships at the Royal Albert Hall.

Top 10 bands

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

Other upwardly-mobile bands are Reg Vardy and Skelmanthorpe, which both performed well at Preston, and Whitburn and Kingdom Brass, following their appearances in the Final of the West Lothian Festival.

The other ranking contests held since the last update were:

Brass in Ripon — won by North Skelton
French Open — won by Brass Band Rijnmond
Eurobrass — won by Provincial Brass Band Groningen
Queensland Championships — won by Brisbane Brass
Battle of the Bands — won by Dronfield
Bugle Contest — won by Camborne Town

Note that results for the recent New Zealand Championships are not included in this latest rankings release.

The next update will follow September’s British Open Championships, at which 14 of the current top-20 bands will be trying to make an impression on the Defending Champion’s massive lead in the rankings.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:


Brass in Concert

International musical flavour to events at Brass in Concert

October 24 • Feature performances from the USA, The Netherlands, Norway and Australia add to the international flavour at Brass in Concert.

Michael Antrobus

Death of Michael Antrobus

October 24 • The death has been announced of Michael Antrobus — the former resident conductor of Black Dyke and a major musical influence on the Norwegian banding movement.

David Horsfield

Funeral details for David Horsfield announced

October 22 • The funeral details for David Horsfield, who passed away this week have been announced.

Schoonhoven Win

Results: 2016 Dutch National Championships

October 21 • There are victories for newly crowned National champion Brassband Schoonhoven with section awards to De Spijkerpakkenband, Constantijn Huygens, Gereformeerde Brassband Groningen and Immanuel in Utrecht.

Elland Silver Band - Special Guest Geneva Soloist Ben Godfrey

Saturday 29 October • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland, Halifax HXN 0NH

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Saturday 29 October • St Alfege Church. Greenwich Church St. London SE10 9BJ SE10 9BJ

Contest: Foden's Solo, Duet & Quartet Contest

Saturday 29 October • Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS

Regent Hall Concerts - Central Band of the RAF Symphonic Brass

Friday 4 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street - opp. BHS. London. W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ

Contest: SWBBA 70th Annual Championships

Saturday 5 November • The Riviera International Centre, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5LZ

Olney Brass

October 23 • Olney Brass is an ambitious 3rd section band looking to find an experienced and enthusiastic conductor/musical director. Based in Milton Keynes the band is keen to improve and develop its contesting and concert work.

East London Brass

October 23 • London championship band (1 min from Walthamstow Central tube/train station) are looking for the following player: . - Bass Trombone

Wantage Silver

October 23 • Wantage Silver Band (L&SC championship section) require a first class SOLO HORN and BASS TROMBONE player to complete our line up. We are fresh from the National Finals and are looking forward to Christmas and our busy schedule for 2017.

David A. Stowell

Conductor and composer