Arts & Culture

Buffalo Niagara Concert Band Performance

The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band and Director Amy J. Steiner are excited to announce details of the band’s Ten Year Anniversary Concert, entitled Genesis, to take place November 4th at West Hertel Academy at 1:00 in the afternoon.

    This special performance commemorates the concert that inspired the merging of two bands: the Niagara Frontier Concert Band, under the direction of Amy J. Steiner, with the Amherst Community Band, under the direction of Geoff Richter and assistant, Frank Colletti. Less than a week after this landmark performance ten years ago, the bands merged to become the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band.

    Our tenth anniversary performance will feature trombonist Tim Smith of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Viet Cuong’s Howls and Hymns, which was commissioned by eight Western New York Band Programs. One of these band programs was the Hutch Tech High School Wind Ensemble, which will perform jointly with BNCB on this piece. Hutch Tech will also play a solo piece during this debut performance. Additionally, audience members will have the opportunity to experience the premiere public performance of The Sword of Titan, a dramatic piece composed by Grand Island native Rossano Galante. (Rossano Galante has orchestrated numerous big budget films, including The Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard, Fantastic Four, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.) This piece was originally commissioned by BNCB for the Association of Concert Bands national convention hosted by the BNCB in May 2018 and has never before been performed for a public audience.

    Tim Smith promises concert attendees, “Playing with the joined forces of the Hutch Tech Wind Ensemble and Buffalo Niagara Concert Band, under the direction of Amy Steiner, is going to be the ultimate treat and not to be missed! This rare collaboration of students, enthusiasts, and professionals was the genesis (pun very much intended) of Viet Cuong’s Howls & Hymns — that is, everyone coming together to enjoy making fantastic music for you!”

  Genesis will take place on Sunday, November 4th at 1:00 in the auditorium of West Hertel Academy, 489 Hertel Ave in Buffalo. Tickets are $7 pre-sale at (pick up at Will Call), or $12 at the door.

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