About the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band

A One-of-a-kind Concert Band

We believe music can invoke experiences and memories in ways that words cannot express. We take pride in creating these experiences by excelling at our craft, finding joy in producing something greater than any individual, taking pride in service to the community, and relishing the fellowship that follows.

We are a one-of-a-kind concert band. Experience the difference.

Amy Steiner, Director - Buffalo Niagara Concert Band

Director

Amy J. Steiner

A native of Eden, NY and 2-time Grammy Nominated Music Educator, Ms. Amy J. Steiner attended SUNY Fredonia School of Music earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Conducting. Amy studied under conductors Dr. Russell Mikkelson, Dr. Richard Larson, and Dr. Paula Holcomb. On her bassoon, Ms. Steiner has performed with the Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Players, Cheektowaga Symphony, Erie County Wind Ensemble, Amherst Chamber Ensembles, and various other groups throughout Western New York.

Ms. Steiner’s career as a Band Director started in the fall of 1996, in the City of Buffalo. Throughout her career, Amy earned Teacher of the Year in 2007, was recognized as a pilot program for VH-1 Save the Music, instituted a district-wide Music Camp that serves over 400 students, conducted the All City Band, and currently runs the Instrumental Music Program at Hutchinson Central Technical High School. Ms. Steiner also initiated several community projects including “Arts Day,” “Summer Music Camp,” a community outreach program for Buffalo Niagara Concert Band members and Buffalo Public School students, and coordinated the “Extreme Makeover” Home Edition Food Drive Challenge, where she and her team broke the national volume record of food raised. Ms. Steiner has made her appearance as guest conductor in schools and the ECMEA festival. She also was co-founder and manager of “Southtowns Pride”, an elite travel boys travel baseball team. Amy’s many achievements do not go un-noticed. In 2006 and 2007 she was recognized by “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” in 2010, she received a Forty Under 40 Award from Business First, in 2017 named Western New York Instrumental Music Teacher of the Year through Buffalo State College, and, in 2015 and 2017, Amy was placed as a quarter-finalist for the Grammy’s Music Educator Award.

Amy’s conducting career started in 2000 with the Sikora Post Band in Tonawanda, NY. 2003 saw Amy become co-founder and conductor of the Niagara Frontier Concert Band in the city of Buffalo. Under her direction, the new ensemble secured first runner-up at the New York State Legion Convention in 2004. In 2008, Ms. Steiner sought to expand the NFCB, and started collaborations with another local community band. A remarkable joint concert of the two groups solidified the union and in 2009, the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band was formed, where Amy currently is co-founder, music director and conductor. Under her baton, the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band has performed in venues across Western New York, Lake George, and was chosen to perform at the Association of Concert Bands National convention in Pennsylvania. Amy has also guest conducted several ensembles in the area, including Amherst Chamber Ensembles, ECMEA All-County, and was recently a finalist as conductor of the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra.

In her free time, Amy enjoys being a mom of her three children, Gavin Liam, London Gabrielle, and Lucas Kennan. Amy, Joel and her children live in North Buffalo, NY, where she also enjoys gardening, cooking, camping, and reading.

Paul Furlong, Associate Director - Buffalo Niagara Concert Band

Associate Director

Paul M. Furlong

Mr. Paul M. Furlong, a Western New York native, holds BFA and MFA degrees in Music Education from SUNY at Buffalo.

He taught instrumental music in the Kenmore-Tonawanda schools and the Lewiston-Porter schools prior to moving to a position as director of the Junior High and Symphonic Bands at Eden Central Schools. He retired from Eden as department chair and as director of the Junior High Band and High School Wind Ensemble.

He has studied oboe with Ronald Richards, Rodney Pierce, and Nora Post and bassoon with Darlene Jussila.

Mr. Furlong is principal bassoonist of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony, and the Erie County Wind Ensemble. As a bassoonist, he is a founding member of the Metropolitan Woodwind Quintet, the “Reed My Lips” Double Reed Ensemble, BSNQ (a bassoon quartet/quintet), and is a free-lance bassoonist and contrabassoonist. He also founded Clarinets Unleashed!, a clarinet ensemble, where he plays the contrabass clarinet. He was principal bassoonist with the American Legion Band of the Tonawanda’s Post 264 for 41 years.

He has served as guest conductor of the Post 264 American Legion Band, Hamburg Village Band, the Amherst Chamber Ensembles, substitute conductor for BNCB, and as an All-County director in Niagara County. In 2017 he was appointed as Associate Conductor with BNCB.

He is the current vice-president of the Erie County Wind Ensemble, personnel manager of the Orchard Park Symphony and BNCB, and vice-president of the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band where he performs on low reeds.

Professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education and New York State School Music Association (NAfME/NYSSMA), the American Federation of Musicians, and the International Double Reed Society. He is also a NYSSMA certified All-State Woodwind Adjudicator. Currently he is the Festival Administrator for the Erie County Music Educators Association.

He has been bassoon soloist with BNCB, the American Legion Band, the Cheektowaga Community Symphony, the Erie County Wind Ensemble, Hamburg Village Band, and Orchard Park Symphony in addition to contrabassoon soloist with the Hamburg Village Band and Buffalo Niagara Band. He has performed professionally on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Erie (PA) Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras. In November 2013, he performed the premiere of his own wind band arrangement of the first movement of Stephen Frost’s Bassoon Concerto with the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band and performed it again at the Association of Concert Bands National Convention in Allentown, PA in March 2014.

Board of Directors

Patricia Chiodo
Val Czamara
Craig J. Erhard
Paul Furlong
Charles Kiszka
Jerry Krzesinski
John Maguda
Michael Anton Sciortino
Amy J. Steiner

Officers

President
Val Czamara

Vice-President
Paul Furlong

Secretary
Michael Anton Sciortino

Treasurer
Craig J. Erhard

Helper Staff

Business Manager
Jerry Krzesinski

Equipment Managers
Charles Kiszka
Val Czamara

Librarian
Jeannette Welch

Personnel Coordinator
Paul Furlong

Sunshine Committee
Roy Berube

Web Communications
Michael Anton Sciortino

Public Relations
Kaitlyn Gardner-Capriotto

Graphic Designer
Marta Riordan