Number One Watch
The brassstats.com rankings began life over 25 years ago in Brass Band World magazine. The early years were dominated by the great Fairey band under Major Peter Parkes, and latterly James Gourlay. The 'start of year' top band honour was shared around a bit for the next decade or so but the last 5 years has seen the most dominant spell by any band in the 25-year history of the rankings.
Cory will start a calendar year as the number one band for the seventh time, but for the 5th year in a row!
The full list of bands starting the year as 'number 1' is as follows:
2002 Yorkshire Building Society
2011 Brighouse & Rastrick
2012 Brighouse & Rastrick