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Grading Tables

The national brass band gradings are determined by each band's results at the regional championships over a three year period. At the end of each year, the bands with the two lowest aggregate scores in each section are promoted and the bands with the two highest aggregate scores are relegated. The winners of the lower section finals also get promoted.

These are our estimates of the grading tables following recent contests, not the official tables! Promotions and relegations won't be official until confirmed by the relevant regional committee.

North West Championship Section

Band2016 20172018PointsPromotion/Relegation
Band2016 20172018PntsProm/Rele
Foden's1 1 1 3
Fairey3 3 3 9
Leyland5 7 2 14
Wingates2 6 6 14
Milnrow6 2 10 18
Pemberton Old Wigan DW6.5 p6.5 p5 18
VBS Poynton6.5 p8 4 18.5
Ashton-under-Lyne4 5 11 20
TCTC Group8 4 8 20
Rainford6.5 p6.5 p9 22Relegated
Longridge6.5 p9 7 22.5Relegated
Number of bands121211
Average grading6.56.56

p = average grading after promotion, r = average grading after relegation, nb = average grading for new band, a = absent, d = disqualified


North West First Section

Band2016 20172018PointsPromotion/Relegation
Band2016 20172018PntsProm/Rele
Oldham (Lees)7.5 r3 1 11.5Promoted
Wardle Anderson Brass6 4 3 13Promoted
Freckleton7.5 r5 2 14.5
Boarshurst Silver7.5 p7.5 p4 19
Haslingden & Helmshore5 10 5 20
Blackburn & Darwen7.5 r7.5 r6 21
Roberts Bakery7.5 r7.5 r8 23
Eccles Borough10 6 7 23
Mossley7 9 9 25
Crewe Brass7.5 p7.5 p11 26
Manx Concert Brass7.5 p7 12 26.5
Cheshire Constabulary7.5 p7.5 p13 28
Diggle7.5 r7.5 r14 29
Silk Brass8 11 10 29
Poulton-le-Fylde12 8 15 35Relegated
Tyldesley7.5 p12 16 a35.5Relegated
Number of bands141415
Average grading7.57.58

p = average grading after promotion, r = average grading after relegation, nb = average grading for new band, a = absent, d = disqualified


North West Second Section

Band2016 20172018PointsPromotion/Relegation
Band2016 20172018PntsProm/Rele
Flixton11 1 3 15Promoted
Haydock1 14 7 22Promoted
Bollington Brass9.5 r11 r2 22.5
Marple9.5 r7 6 22.5
Middleton10 12 1 23
Pemberton Old Wigan DW B8 9 9 26
Greenfield9.5 p11 p8 28.5
Old Hall Brass15 10 4 29
Besses o' 'th' Barn9.5 p16 5 30.5
Hazel Grove9.5 r8 13 30.5
Eagley9.5 p11 p11 31.5
Horwich RMI9.5 nb6 17 32.5
Blackpool Brass9.5 p13 10 32.5
Formby9.5 p11 p12 32.5
Besses Boys7 11 15 33
Delph12 3 19 34
Farnworth and Walkden9.5 p11 p14 34.5
Whitworth Vale and Healey9.5 r15 16 40.5
Trinity Girls9.5 p11 p21 41.5
Morecambe9.5 ra11 ra22 a42.5Absent three years running - remove from grading table
Valley Brass (Haydock)9.5 p17 18 44.5Relegated
Darwen Brass9 21 20 50Relegated
Number of bands182121
Average grading9.51111

p = average grading after promotion, r = average grading after relegation, nb = average grading for new band, a = absent, d = disqualified


North West Third Section

Band2016 20172018PointsPromotion/Relegation
Band2016 20172018PntsProm/Rele
Rivington and Adlington13 1 7 21Promoted
Allerton Brass10 p9.5 p2 21.5Promoted
Uppermill10 r9.5 r3 22.5
Eccleston Brass10 r12 1 23
City of Chester10 r6 8 24
Hoover Bolton10 r9.5 r6 25.5
Greenall's6 11 9 26
Hawk Green (Marple)10 8 11 29
Douglas Town12 15 5 32
Golborne10 r9.5 r13 32.5
Pilling Jubilee Silver11 7 15 33
Thornton Cleveleys10 p9.5 p14 33.5
Littleborough14 17 4 35
Stalybridge Old10 p16 10 36
Skelmersdale Prize16 9 12 37Relegated
Dobcross Silver9 14 16 39Relegated
Number of bands191816
Average grading109.58.5

p = average grading after promotion, r = average grading after relegation, nb = average grading for new band, a = absent, d = disqualified


North West Fourth Section

Band2016 20172018PointsPromotion/Relegation
Band2016 20172018PntsProm/Rele
Lostock Hall Memorial8 r6 1 15Promoted
Parr (Richardson Ltd.) St Helens8 r5 4 17Promoted
Sale Brass6 10 2 18
Rode Hall Silver7 7 5 19
Stacksteads8 r9 r3 20
Brindle11 3 7 21
Cadishead Public8 4 10 22
Blackley5 11 8 24
Tarleton Brass4 8 13 a25
St Johns Mossley8 nb9 nb13 a30
Coppull & Standish8 r9 r13 a30
BMP Europe Goodshaw14 13 6 33
Heyrod Brass8 nb14 13 a35
Denton Brass15 9 12 36
Ramsey Town16 a12 9 37
Stockport Silver12 15 11 38
Manx Youth9 18 a13 a40
Lees10 17 13 a40
Dobcross Youth13 16 13 a42
Mereside Brass16 a18 a13 a47Absent three years running - remove from grading table
Number of bands151712
Average grading896.5

p = average grading after promotion, r = average grading after relegation, nb = average grading for new band, a = absent, d = disqualified