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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:

www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



French National Championship

Results: 2017 French National Championships

February 19 • Hauts-de-France have been crowned 2017 French National Champions.


Dublin Silver Band

Results: 2017 Dublin Festival of Brass

February 19 • There was a home town win for Dublin Silver in the USA, as they come out top on in the triptych march, slow melody and major work event.


Christopher Bond

Results: 2017 Welsh Open

February 18 • Its Bond — Christopher Bond as young MD leads Tongwynlais Temperance to Welsh Open title in Porthcawl.


Uniibrass

Results: 2017 UniBrass Trophy

February 18 • It's a First Class Honours grading from judges Anne Crookston and Philip Harper for RNCM in Harrogate as they become 2017 UniBrass champions.


Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Harpenden Public Halls

Sunday 19 February • Southdown Rd, Harpenden AL5 1PD


Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 25 February • Town Hall Buildings, 68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 9DY


Elland Silver Band - Lofhouse 2000 and Tingley Bands & Oldsilkstone

Saturday 25 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 25 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton KT70LQ


GUS Virtuosi Band - The Hawth Brass Series

Sunday 26 February • The Hawth theatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ


Poole Borough Band

February 19 • Poole Borough Band are looking for a horn player and an Eb or Bb bass player to join the band after the area contest. We are a friendly second section band with gigs already in the diary for the summer season.


Stannington Brass Band

February 17 • Stannington Brass Band, Sheffield. 2nd Section National Champions, now 1st section from 2017. Ambitious,sociable band. MD Derek Renshaw. Due to changing work & personal circumstances we require: EEb bass or BBb bass. Current players flexible


Elland Silver Band

February 17 • We are looking to recruit a Solo Cornet player to start after the Yorkshire Regional Championships. The position would suit an experienced player or a talented young player looking to move to a Championship section band.


Kevin Wadsworth


Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)