BUFFALO, N.Y. – Students from more than 10 area schools
inspired by the anti-bullying spirit will compete for the best
musical show in front of “Jersey Boys” cast members and
other celebrity judges at the “BAND Against Bullying”
multi-school music and arts festival to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
May 14, at UB’s Center for the Arts.
The competition and “dignity-for-all” rally seeks to
raise awareness of bullying-related issues and anti-bullying
education efforts among schools and youth groups.
Janet Snyder from Kiss 98.5 will host the event. The acts will
be scored by a panel of 10 judges, including Fred Jackson, running
back for the Buffalo Bills; Andrew Peters, an alumnus of the
Buffalo Sabres; Nicholas Picholas from Kiss 98.5; and Hayden
Milanes from the national touring cast of the musical “Jersey
Boys.” Milanes will perform at the May 14 event.
Other judges include Ed Suk, National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children, New York Regional Office; Amanda Nickerson,
associate professor of counseling and director of UB’s
Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention; and Dennis Black,
UB’s vice president for university life and services.
VIDEO of a news conference announcing the event (below)
includes b-roll of performances by local high school students who
will compete on May 14, as well as remarks by event organizers
Nickerson and Suk and “Jersey Boys” cast members Devon
Goffman, a Williamsville resident and Orchard Park native, and
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased
online at www.nybandagainstbullying.org.
Students from 10 local high schools will perform their themed
music or arts acts to raise community awareness and earn the
distinction as the best performance at the “BAND Against
Bullying” competition. Arts groups at local schools will also
display their projects, all created around the anti-bullying
“Clearly the issue of bullying and harassment in schools
is a prevalent concern,” says UB’s Nickerson, whose
Alberti Center is hosting the competition. “And it’s
really the youth who are going to take the lead in setting a
culture and climate of acceptance and dignity for all
Among those supporting the event are lead sponsor Hodgson Russ,
LLP, M&T Bank, the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children, the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, AldoMedia,
Dent Neurological Institute, New Era, WebbMason, the 100 Club of
Buffalo, JC Creations and KISS 98.5.
Bullying and harassment occur frequently among youth (studies
indicate that one out of three students is involved as perpetrator,
target or both). Bullying and harassment are related to social,
emotional, behavioral and academic problems, and can affect both
the target and the person doing the bullying.
The issue has received unprecedented attention in the media and
government, including New York State’s Dignity for All
Students Act, effective July 2012, with an amendment to address
cyber bullying becoming effective July 2013.
BAND Against Bullying seeks to involve youth in raising
awareness as an important first step.