BOSTON—The Churchill Methodist Church will host the Buffalo Silver Band for a 3 p.m. concert, on Sunday, April 22.
With a history stretching back almost a century, the Buffalo Silver Band is a unique presence in the Buffalo-Niagara music scene. As the only British style brass band in Upstate New York, the Silver Band continues the band performance tradition that was established before the Civil War and rose to prominence at the end of the 19th Century only to fade with the rise of radio and other mass media technologies of the 20th Century. The BSB is part of the resurgence in interest in this important part of musical heritage.
In 1915, four members of the First Hungarian Baptist Church of Buffalo started a band to augment the Sunday evening services. The ensemble, “The Hungarian Baptist Band” became the “Austin Street Baptist Band” and then the “Buffalo Baptist Silver Band.” Finally, in 1981, the name was changed to the current “Buffalo Silver Band.”
The BSB is one of seven bands from around the country selected to perform next month at the 2018 American Concert Band Association Convention in Buffalo.
The Churchill program will feature performances by euphonium soloist Diana Bley and soprano
cornetist Jason Ferguson and includes music about orcs and hobbits, rainbows, firemen, pirates and everything Irish.
It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at intermission.