Cory Band World Number One for Eighth Consecutive Year

The Cory Band, a brass band based in the Rhondda, South Wales and sponsored by Braemar’s Logistics division, Cory Brothers, has been acclaimed as the world’s best for the eighth year running.

Founded in 1884 as the ‘Ton Temperance Band’, the Cory Band gained its name when it received its first sponsorship in 1885 from Sir Clifford Cory, son of one of the original Cory Brothers. The band’s long history has been peppered with awards and achievements: from playing what is thought to be the first radio broadcast of a brass band, through winning every major competition available including Welsh, British Open, European, National and World championship wins to appointment as band in residence at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

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The Cory Band in concert, September 2014

Neil Blockley, the Cory Band’s treasurer, told us: “2014 was a strong year for the Cory Band, as we maintained our consistent top ranking in the band competition tables throughout the year – and our Musical Director and Band Manager were invited to attend the Nato Summit, where they met President Barack Obama. Earlier in the year we were also nominated for the inaugural St David Award. We’re really proud of our achievements in 2014 and looking forward to another great year in 2015.”

Mark Cooke, Development Director at Cory Brothers, said: “Like Cory Brothers, the Cory Band is an integral part of the history, heritage and culture of South Wales. We at Cory Brothers are proud to be associated with them and delighted to support their ongoing work and success .”

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