What is the band’s annual schedule like?

The symphonic band has two to three concerts a year, including one in November and one in April.

When & where are band rehearsals?

Sundays, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, Chicago, IL
Try to arrive by 4:30 so you have time to set up and warm up. If you must miss rehearsal or will arrive late, please notify your section leader as soon as possible.

Are there auditions?

There are no auditions for any Lakeside Pride ensemble. We welcome musicians of all playing abilities.

What kind of music does the band play?

The symphonic band’s repertoire includes new and traditional band literature, orchestral transcriptions, pop and show tunes, and other audience favorites. The ensemble frequently performs with special guests, such as the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus and composer Robert Sheldon.

How will the band communicate with me?

With an organization as large, busy, and diverse as the band, we know how important it is that people understand what’s going on!

Here are some key channels for communication:

Announcements

Each rehearsal, our main announcement time is just before break. If you wish to make an announcement, just raise your hand or stand up when no one else is talking. Announcement items should be generally relevant to the Band and kept fairly short.

Weekly newsletter

Our email newsletter goes out once a week, usually on Fridays. It’s a great source of information about what’s happening currently with all Lakeside Pride ensembles, including upcoming events, calls for volunteers, performance opportunities, and rehearsal notes from the conductors.

Text

Our member resources officer will share instructions for signing up for text alerts, which we use to send important messages about last-minute rehearsal or performance changes, etc.

Facebook group

You’ll be invited to join the Lakeside Pride Facebook group, as one more way to stay informed about band activities, share pictures, join events, and generally stay connected.

Section leader

Each section has a section leader that has been a member for multiple years. The section leader will be your personal liaison to the rest of the band.