Our three major ensembles – marching band, jazz orchestra, and symphonic band – reflect a musical legacy that began in 1979 with the original Chicago Gay Pride Band. In addition, members self-organize a number of small ensembles. Today, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles – more than 20 years strong and counting – serves as the umbrella organization for our current ensembles that celebrate this heritage.
Our Lakeside Pride jazz orchestra helps audiences everywhere connect with the LGBT community through the sound and feeling of jazz. We bring people together for a simple purpose: to have an amazingly good time. Each performance features a wide variety of music, including pop, swing, Latin, and Broadway favorites. We guarantee your feet will tap and your head will nod to our performances of the charts made famous by big band and jazz legends.
Recent appearances include the opening of the landmark Out in Chicago exhibit at the Chicago History Museum and the Pritzker Park Pride Month Concert Series, sponsored by the Chicago Public Library.
The jazz orchestra’s most recent studio album, Feeling Good, is available to stream on this website and on a number of streaming services.
Lakeside Pride jazz orchestra recordings are available throigh the following music services:
Our award-winning marching band and color guard entertains nearly one million spectators annually at parades and events. This ensemble embodies the vision of the original Chicago Gay Pride Band, which formed in 1979 as one of the first LGBT bands of its kind.
Annual events include Chicago Disability Pride Parade, Chicago Memorial Day Parade, and Chicago Pride Parade, among others. Members have also performed in other U.S. cities and overseas with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association. These include the Gay Games, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in New York City, and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
The Symphonic Band is our largest ensemble, drawing more than 100 performers each season. Audiences are enamored by the group’s repertoire, which spans from traditional band literature and orchestral transcriptions to pop and show tunes. The ensemble frequently performs with special guests and for other community organizations, and have been featured at Chicago landmarks like the Chicago Cultural Center and the Anthenaeum Theater.
Lakeside Pride offers a variety of small ensembles, providing members further opportunity to collaborate with musicians in a tight-knit team environment. These groups proudly represent the LGBT community in performance throughout Chicago.
Lakeside Pride small ensembles include:
- Brass Quintet – two trumpets, french horn, trombone, tuba
- Clarinet Choir – a clarinet ensemble
- Salsa Band – a Latin-infused salsa band with traditional instruments and vocalists
- Strayhorns Jazz Combo – trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and drums
- Wilde Cabaret – vocalists accompanied by piano or guitar
- Women’s Ensemble – open to all musicians and instruments
- Woodwind Quintet – flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and french horn