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
Festival of Trees
Join the Gem City Bands at the 33rd Annual Festival of Trees on Friday, November 24th at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center.
$10 Adults, $6 Children
2:30-3:30 - Jazz Ensemble
4:00-5:00 - Concert Band
The Gem City Concert Band will offer a free holiday concert on Tuesday, December 12th at St. John's Lutheran Church (2216 Peach St.) from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, through a free-will donation will be accepted to benefit St. John's.
Gem City will be holding a Cocktails & Colors Fundraising Event on Saturday, December 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. $40/pp. Sign up here!
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!