Top contests in 2012

14 Dec 2012

Here is a list of the top contests of 2012, measured in terms of 'strength of field' (using the BrassStats rankings system).  All contests are categorised in accordance with the quality (and to an extent, quantity) of the bands taking part, with each contest allocated a category from 1 (weakest) to 20 (strongest).

The top contests in 2012, with contest 'rating' category in brackets, were as follows:

1.  British Open (20), won by Foden's
2.  National Championship (20), won by Foden's
3.  Brass in Concert (18), won by Cory
5.  Grand Shield (16), won by Hepworth
7.  English National (15), won by Black Dyke
8.  Yorkshire Area (15), won by Black Dyke
9.  Butlins Mineworkers (14), won by Flowers
10. North West Area (13), won by Leyland
11. Welsh Area (13), won by Cory
13. IBBC (11), won by Manger Musikklag
14. Yeovil Entertainment (10), won by Flowers

A total of 61 contests in 2012 were classed as 'ranking' events.

2009 'top 10' is available here
2010 'top 10' is available here
2011 'top 10' is available here