a non-profit community band

entertaining audiences throughout

Erie County and beyond


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.


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

Join the Concert Band

Book an Ensemble


Be sure to check out all the upcoming event dates on the Schedule page.


The Concert Band is seeking new members, especially flute, bassoon, alto and tenor sax and percussion players. For more information, check out the "Join" page.




Gem City is pleased to announce that Logan Carnes was recently appointed as the assistant conductor of the Jazz Ensemble. Congratulations, Logan!


Plan to join the Gem City Concert Band on Saturday, November 4th at the Blasco Library's H.O. Hirt Auditorium at 2 pm for the annual fall performance. 

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

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!