STATTO CORNER
Foden's launch heritage site
28 Mar 2018

4 years in a row for Friary Guildford and Chris King
19 Mar 2018

It's a record 33rd Welsh Area title for Cory
19 Mar 2018
... also qualifying for a record 30th appearance at the European Championship read more…

Successful defence of North of England title by Riverside Brass
19 Mar 2018

NEWS

Brass Bands Across Europe

24 Apr 2012

Since the first European Championship in 1978, a total of 20 countries have been represented, 15 of them in the top section.  This year (2012), 12 countries are represented with two bands from each of Norway (defending European champions), Netherlands (host nation) and Austria.

Including this year, the 'ranking' of countries is as follows:

35 years - Switzerland (plus 2 in B section), Wales, Norway (plus 2 in B section), England (plus 1 in B section)
34 - Belgium (missed 1984)
33 - Netherlands (missed 1996 and also 1978 when band withdrew, plus 1 in B section), Scotland (missed 1994 and 1996)
23 - Denmark
17 - Northern Ireland
15 - Sweden
 6 - Luxembourg, France
 5 - Austria (plus 3 in B section)
 1 - Republic of Ireland, Finland

The inaugural B section contest was held in 1994 and, in addition to the appearances by bands from Switzerland, Norway, England, Netherlands and Austria indicated above, these are the countries that have sent bands to compete:

10 - Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy
 8 - Austria
 7 - France
 6 - Northern Ireland
 5 - Faroe Islands, Finland
 3 - Sweden
 2 - Slovakia, Lithuania