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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:


North of Ireland

Report & Results: 2016 NIBA Championships

October 26 • Laganvale show their metal to claim the championship honours in Armagh and book their Challenge place in Utrecht in 2018.


Widdop takes the helm at Marsden

October 26 • One of the most experienced conductors around takes over the musical leadership a Marsden Silver Prize Band.

Blue Juice

Blue Juice valve oil withdrawn from sale

October 26 • The Blue Juice valve oil product has been withdrawn from sale.


Foden's secure heritage lottery funding

October 26 • Foden's Band has secured Heritage Lottery Funding for their latest innovative project to safeguard their past for future generations to enjoy.

Contest: Foden's Solo, Duet & Quartet Contest

Saturday 29 October • Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS

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

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

Foss Dyke Band - Autumnal Concert

Saturday 5 November • St Mary Magdalene Church, Newark NG24 1JS

Haslingden & Helmshore Brass Band

October 26 • Haslingden & Helmshore 1st section band are looking to complete & strengthen the band in readiness to compete at the N.W. Area in Feb 2017.We are looking to add to our Cornet & Bass sections along with a good 2nd Euph, 1st Horn & Sop player.

Bristol East & Kingswood Band

October 26 • Want a rest from contesting or looking to return to playing after a break?. Bristol East & Kingswood Brass Ensemble are looking for cornet players to join their friendly group. We have an interesting and varied programme planned.

Barnsley Brass

October 26 • Euphonium / baritone / Eb bass players required. Rehearsals with Musical Director William Rushworth, are Monday and Thursday 8pm at Worsbrough Bridge convenient for M1 junctions 36/37

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher