03 Oct Buffalo Silver Band
Bill Cocca, Director
With a history stretching back one hundred years, 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 Buffalo Silver Band continues the band performance tradition
that was established before the U.S. Civil War and rose to prominence at the end of
the 19th Century.
In recent years, the Buffalo Silver Band (BSB) has played to standing ovations from
audiences all over Western New York and Southern Ontario, including the
Chautauqua Institution, the Buffalo Philharmonic Community Showcase, the
Albright-Knox Art Gallery First Friday series, the New York State School Music
Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference, and numerous outdoor parks and
churches. In April 2014, the Buffalo Silver Band was awarded the coveted Hannaford
Cup at the Festival of Brass in Toronto. The Buffalo Silver Band was awarded a 2017
Give for Greatness grant by the Arts Services Initiative of Western New York.
With the help of a 2015 Community Arts Grant, the BSB celebrated its centennial
season. The BSB commissioned an original work for brass band by celebrated band
composer Stephen Bulla. Mr. Bulla guest conducted the new work, Beecher
Variations, at a gala concert at the University at Buffalo’s Lippes Concert Hall in Slee
Hall. In keeping with its mission to promote brass band music, the BSB included two
high schools, Kenmore East and Hutch Tech, in the concert and in workshops run by
Mr. Bulla. The BSB has run clinics and participated in joint concerts with other
Western New York high schools as well. In 2018, the Buffalo Silver Band will offer a
music scholarship award for a talented young brass musician.
2017-2018 will mark the first subscription series for the Buffalo Silver Band with
three concerts at the University at Buffalo’s Slee Hall. The series will be previewed in
June 2017 by a special benefit for area veterans through a Slee Hall concert marking
the 100 th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I.
By fulfilling both its educational and performance mission, the Buffalo Silver
Band will be providing authentic British band music to new generations of music-
lovers, just as it has done for the past one hundred years.