Buffalo Silver Band Announces Its First Subscription Series at UB’s Slee Hall!
Special savings are available for purchasing a subscription for its first-ever three-concert Slee Hall series at ticketpeak.com/buffalosilverband and clicking on the SUBSCRIPTIONS box at the top of the page. Buying a season subscription for $30 means no handling fees and discounted general admission (each concert normally $12 and $10 for students, seniors, and veterans).
Subscription Concert 1. A Night at the Movies!
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30 pm
All the excitement, magic, and exuberance that movie scores have to offer. With pirates, orcs, secret agents, and even plotting chickens, the program features the music of Hans Zimmer, Howard Shore, Harold Arlen, and, of course, John Williams. Featured soloists are Diana Bley –euphonium, and Jason Ferguson – soprano cornet. Slee Hall, University at Buffalo. Individual tickets ($12; $10 for students, veterans, and seniors) are available at the door or online at ticketpeak.com/buffalosilverband .
Subscription Concert 2: Celtic Connections- Youth Scholarship Concert
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 7:30 pm
Celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day with the BSB. The program features everything Irish – jigs, reels, ballads, and hymns. The program includes a solo performance by the BSB scholastic brass scholarship winner. Individual tickets ($12; $10 for students, veterans, and seniors) are available at the door or online at ticketpeak.com/buffalosilverband .
Subscription Concert 3: Friends-Old and New
Sunday, June 17, 2018, 2:30 pm
Swing, jazz, rock and pop rule the day in this, our last “formal” concert of the year. The program features Mark Filsinger, trumpet, and John Bacon, drums in a program tailored to their unique talents. It’s sure to be toe-tapping and finger-snapping good. Individual tickets ($12; $10 for students, veterans, and seniors) are available at the door or online at ticketpeak.com/buffalosilverband
The full 2017-2018 season can be viewed here.
The Buffalo Silver Band will be performing at The Association of Concert Band’s 40th anniversary convention after a highly competitive selection process. There were a large number of applicants from seven states, but a blind evaluation process, described on the ACB 2018 Facebook page, resulted in the selection of the BSB. The performance will be on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM. The convention is being hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band.
Duty, Honor, and Valor: A World War I Centennial Celebration
On June 17 at Slee Hall, the Buffalo Silver Band performed “Duty, Honor, and Valor: A World War I Centennial Celebration benefit for the Veteran One Stop Center (vocwny.org) to a standing ovation. Mike Randall narrated a very special program, joined by accomplished vocalists Jennifer Mernitz, Paula McGirr, Steven Brachmann, and Michael Harris. Mr. Randall read letters from World War I combatants. The audience and the performers were clearly moved.
2017 is the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I. World War I marked an end to U.S. isolationism and eventually helped to usher in a decade of cultural, social, and financial prosperity. Overcoming three years of stalemate that had previously existed, American entry tipped the balance of power in favor of the Allies.
The program honored all veterans. The Buffalo Silver Band performed “America’s Finest” arranged by Jay Bocook, a medley of the Armed Forces marches. Veterans from each service was recognized during the playing of their theme.
The Buffalo Silver Band has been recognized with a 2017 Give for Greatness award from the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI). The awardees were chosen from 78 applicants across five counties, and represent a cross section of innovative small and emerging cultural groups across multiple disciplines. Lawyers for the Arts, the Rupp Family Foundation, the Battle of the Corporate Bands, the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies’ Fern, and Joel Levin Philanthropic Fund fund the award.
We are recruiting!
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Notable concerts performed by the Buffalo Silver Band in the past year
Town of Concord (Springville) Summer Series. Fiddlers Green Park, Springville. June 29, 2017. Town of Tonawanda, Lincoln Park Arena. June 18, 2017.
Central Park United Methodist Church, July 25, 2017.
Fox Run. August 3, 2017.
Slee Hall, University at Buffalo, June 17, 2017.
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. May 6, 2017. Joint concert with the Syracuse University Brass.
Churchill Memorial Methodist Church, March 26, 2017
Canisius College Montante Center, March 4, 2017
Fox Run, December 13, 2016
Anglican Church of St. Nicholas, December 10, 2016.
New York State School Music Association annual meeting, December 1, 2016.
St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, November 19, 2016.
Niagara Wheatfield High School, November 8, 2016.
University at Buffalo Slee Hall, October 22, 2016.
Chautauqua Institution. July 3, 2016.