THE HILLS ARE ALIVE — The Buffalo Silver band, a British-style brass and percussion group, will perform at the Churchill Methodist Church of Boston on March 3 at 4 p.m.
BOSTON — The Boston hills will be alive with the sound of music, on Sunday, March 3, when the Churchill Methodist Church will host the Buffalo Silver Band, at a 4 p.m. concert.
The Buffalo Silver Band performs all over the Buffalo-Niagara area. As the only British-style brass band in Upstate New York, the Silver Band continues the performance tradition that was established, before the Civil War.
In 1915, four men began a band, to augment the Sunday evening services of the First Hungarian Baptist Church of Buffalo. The ensemble, the “Hungarian Baptist Band,” became the “Austin Street Baptist Band” and then the “Buffalo Baptist Silver Band.” In 1981, the name was changed to the current “Buffalo Silver Band.”
Today, the band maintains British style, in its instrumentation and music. Except for percussion, the band is composed entirely of brass instruments.
The British-style band differs from an American brass band, in that it uses cornets and E-flat alto horns, rather than trumpets and French horns.
Comprised of 22 brass players and three percussionists, the band’s repertoire includes a variety of music, including marches, pop songs, jazz, classical music, works composed for the brass band genre and rock and roll.
The Churchill Methodist Church performance will feature performances by euphonium soloist Diana Bley and tubaist Phil Reheard. It is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served at intermission.