BUFFALO, N.Y. – Lead cast members of the national touring
cast of the musical “Jersey Boys” and high school
students competing in a battle of the bands will meet with media at
12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the University at Buffalo North
Campus to promote the “BAND Against Bullying”
multi-school music and arts competition to raise awareness of
bullying-related issues and anti-bullying education efforts.
Wednesday’s news conference will unveil details and
introduce special guests for the anti-bullying rally scheduled for
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at UB’s Center for the Arts. At the
news conference, several student acts, including rockers, rappers,
dancers and arts displays inspired by the anti-bullying theme, will
give a taste of the May 14 event, in which creative teams from 10
high schools will perform.
The appearance of the “Jersey Boys” at the news
conference will give high school students participating in the
music and arts competition a chance to compare notes and talk music
with “Jersey Boys” cast members.
WHEN: News conference to publicize the upcoming
“BAND Against Bullying” music competition, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8.
WHERE: First floor atrium, Center for the Arts,
UB’s North Campus.
WHO: Scheduled to speak at the morning news conference
are: Amanda Nickerson, associate professor of counseling and
director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse
Prevention; and Ed Suk, executive director of the National Center
for Missing & Exploited Children, New York branch.
Also, Devon Goffman, a Williamsville resident and Orchard Park
native, and Marlana Dunn, both “Jersey Boys”
cast members; and school personnel from competing school
The speakers will address the goals of the “BAND Against
Bullying” competition and address some of the issues facing
NEWS CONFERENCE VISUALS: The news conference will
feature an “unplugged performance” by high school
performers and a meet-greet among the high schoolers and the
“Jersey Boy’s cast members.
WHAT: “BAND Against Bullying” is a premiere
inter-school music and arts competition related to the theme of
“dignity for all.” Students from 10 local high
schools have developed themed performances to raise community
awareness of bullying-related issues and to raise support of
anti-bullying education efforts.
On Tuesday, May 14, each final act (selected from each school)
will perform at the UB Center for the Arts. Proceeds will benefit
participating schools, the National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children Buffalo office, and the continued development of
the BAND Against Bullying Program.
RELATED INFORMATION: www.nybandagainstbullying.org