BUFFALO, N.Y. – Students from seven area high schools will
use their musical and artistic skills to send an anti-bullying
message during the second “BAND Against Bullying”
school competition to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the
University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.
The event, sponsored by UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying
Abuse Prevention, M&T Bank and the National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children/New York/Buffalo Office, is an
inter-school music and arts competition related to the theme of
dignity for all students. Students from seven local high schools
have developed themed performances to raise community awareness of
bullying-related issues and to raise support for anti-bullying
One act chosen from each of the participating schools will
perform in UB’s Center for the Arts, mixing information on
bullying awareness with artistic talent, and sharing their visual
projects or musical performances with students from other schools.
Last year’s event attracted hundreds of students from area
schools who wanted to perform their original works and spread the
anti-bullying message to their peers.
The event is also an opportunity to raise money to support the
prevention of bullying in schools and to raise consciousness for
The event will feature KISS 98.5 personalities Janet Snyder, who
will host the event, and Nicholas Picholas, who will serve as
celebrity judge. The acts will be scored by a panel of judges,
including former boxer Baby Joe Mesi and Buffalo Sabres alumnus
Andrew Peters. Joining them will be Dennis R. Black, UB vice
president for university life and services, and Amanda Nickerson,
associate professor of counseling and director of UB’s
Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention.
“Clearly the issue of bullying and harassment in schools
is a prevalent concern,” says Nickerson. “And
it’s really the young people who are going to take the lead
in setting a culture and climate of acceptance and dignity for all
Bullying and harassment occur frequently among youth, with one
out of three students involved as perpetrator, target or both.
Bullying and harassment are related to social, emotional,
behavioral and academic problems, and can impact all involved.
Bullying has received unprecedented attention in the media; in
legislation such as the New York Dignity for All Students Act,
effective July 2012, with an amendment including cyber bullying
that become effective in July 2013; and in the general public.
Schools are frequently at the forefront of many bullying efforts
and mandates, and often face competing priorities (budget
challenges, mandates about teacher performance assessment). BAND
Against Bullying seeks to involve youth in raising awareness as an
important first step.
The BAND Against Bullying team stresses the importance of
creating awareness for promoting the theme of “All Needs for
Dignity.” It is not about winning or losing. The team urges
students to treat others the way they would like to be treated
– harmoniously, with dignity, kindness, free of any
discrimination, intimidation, harassment, taunting and/or bullying.
But the BAND Team still wants to encourage friendly competition.
Students who earn the highest scores in the artistic competition
will receive trophies and other recognition.
Bullying and harassment occur frequently among youth, and
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.
For more information on the event, visit http://www.nybandagainstbullying.org/.
Tickets are $5 each and are on sale at the website or at the
UB Box Office.