Gem City Bands, located in Erie, Pennsylvania is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community band, consisting of 65+ dedicated amateur and semi-pro musicians who share the love of music.
Membership in this all-volunteer group is open to experienced musicians in the Erie and surrounding areas. The bands rehearse weekly and perform for a variety of audiences throughout the community. The programming offers a repertoire that appeals to most any musical taste, including jazz and big band charts, symphonic overtures, Broadway and show tunes, traditional concert band literature, movie themes, folk tunes, and many marches.
Browse around the site to find information about the bands, the upcoming schedule, how to join or book, and more.
Join the Concert Band
Book an Ensemble
Did you play a band instrument during high school or college? It's never too late to dig the case out from underneath the bed or the back of your closet, dust off that horn and get your chops in shape.
Join the Gem City Concert Band and get back into making great music and meeting fun new friends
Do you have a community event or festival planned? Are you looking for background entertainment or a dance band for an upcoming fund-raising event? Would your residents enjoy a live-music performance on the lawn or an in-house holiday concert?
The schedule fills quickly. Choose from one of the Gem City ensembles and book your event today
Erie Gives 2020
Please support the Gem City Bands through Erie Gives. This annual event will be online this year on August 11 with 12 full hours to make a donation! Checks will also be accepted for donations through August 10 (complete this form to donate via check no later than August 10). Please consider helping your local community bands in this extreme time of need! Read a message from Band President Richard Molder about Erie Gives 2020.
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Gem City Bands has suspended rehearsals and performances due to the current Corona virus restrictions. Operations will resume as soon as these restrictions are lifted.
ERIE GIVES 2020:
A very heartfelt thank you to the 47 donors for your generous contributions of over $3700 during this year's Erie Gives event.
Make a tax-deductible donation to Gem City Bands via Paypal using your credit or debit card. You will be redirected to Paypal for a secure transaction. A donation receipt for your tax records may be printed at the end of your transaction. Thank you for supporting live music in the community!