UB Concert Band

UB Concert Band.

The UB Concert Band presents a wide variety of music, spanning from Wagner, Mozart, and Strauss to Ellington and Zappa. Open to students of all majors without any audition requirements, the UB Concert Band presents two concerts annually in Slee Concert Hall. The ensemble rehearses twice weekly.

Over the course of the year, a variety of guests visit rehearsals to give master classes and work with the band on sectionals. This is an important part of the course; band members have the opportunity to work with a number of excellent professional musicians each year. Band members are also eligible to receive complimentary tickets for selected concerts in Lippes Concert Hall.

The UB Concert Band is directed by Jon Nelson, who brings extensive experience and dedication to this role. In addition to being on the faculty at UB, he also maintains a busy schedule as a performer, composer, and arranger throughout the United States and abroad.

Upcoming Performances

Please view our concert calendar for the latest information on upcoming events. 


UB students who would like to participate in the Concert Band are required to register for one of the following classes:  

  • Undergraduate: MUS 331, 2 credits
  • Graduate: MUS 531, 2 credits
  • Undergraduate Non-Music Major: MUS 131, 2 credits


No auditions are required. Contact Professor Nelson for additional information on joining the Concert Band.


Jon Nelson

Associate Department Chair; Professor (Trumpet Performance); Director, UB Concert Band; Director, Concert Committee; Director, Genkin Philharmonic

Department of Music

216 Baird Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2523

Email: jrnelson@buffalo.edu