The individual artistic directors help our ensemble members express themselves through music as members and friends of the LGBTQ community.

Scott Malinowski, Jazz Orchestra

Scott Malinowski
Scott Malinowski

Scott Malinowski holds a Bachelor of Music from Millikin University with an emphasis in Commercial Music. He studied trumpet and jazz performance with Randall Reyman, Ronald Romm, Mark Hammelev, and Chip McNeil, as well as music composition and recording production with David Burdick and Mark Rubel.

Scott is grateful for the opportunity to lead and perform with the jazz orchestra and chamber ensembles, sharing the vibrancy of the LGBTQ and allied community through music.

Artistic Director since Spring 2013

Stephen Carey, Marching Band

Stephen Carey

Stephen Carey is a native of Northwest Pennsylvania and holds a degree in Hospitality Management from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. His music influence comes from Elementary, Middle, and High School Music Educators in the Wattsburg Area School District.

As a percussionist and section leader, Stephen performs regularly with the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and has performed with the Blazing River Freedom Band, Lesbian and Gay Band Association, Cleveland State University Symphonic Band, Western Reserve Community Band, Erie Playhouse, and several high school orchestras in Northwest Pennsylvania. He has also had the opportunity to conduct the Erie Playhouse Orchestra for Fame! the Musical and A Night of Glee.

In addition to music, Stephen has non-profit experience with the Blazing River Arts Group, Inc. as a Member At-Large on the Board of Directors working on recruiting, fundraising, event planning, and communication. Professionally, he is a Revenue Optimization Manager for White Lodging Services in the hospitality industry.

Artistic Director since Spring 2017

Kyle Rhoades, Symphonic Band

Kyle Rhoades
Kyle Rhoades

Kyle Rhoades has been the conductor of the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band since 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. His conducting influences and teachers include Professors Craig Kirchhoff, Mallory Thompson, Peter Griffin, H. Robert Reynolds, Charlie Menghini, and Joseph Manfredo.

As a trumpet player, Mr. Rhoades performs regularly with the Northshore Concert Band, and has performed with the Wheaton Municipal Band, the Prairie Brass Band, and Mariachi Fenix of the University of Chicago. In addition to performing, he is also a high school and middle school band director, music theory teacher, choral accompanist, and musical producer in School District 401.

As a music arranger and wedding musician, Mr. Rhoades has prepared more than 60 pieces for brass quintet as well as pieces for Concert Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. In addition to the arrangements he’s created for his own students, Mr. Rhoades has been commissioned to arrange pieces for the West Towns Barbershop Chorus, Downers Grove North Bands, and the Chancel Ringers Handbell Choir of the Downers Grove First United Methodist Church.

Artistic Director since Winter 2008


Steven Kandow, Pops Ensemble

Steven Kandow
Steven Kandow

Dr. Steven Kandow  is currently working as a freelance musician in the Chicago area. Prior to moving to Chicago, Dr. Kandow served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN, where he was responsible for the formation and development of the USF Marching Pride and the USF Concert Band, both of which were new music ensembles on the campus of the University of Saint Francis. He also served as the music director of the Five Lakes Silver Band, a British-style Brass Band based in Detroit, MI from 2016-2019 and has guest conducted the Michigan State University Wind Symphony & Symphony Band as well as the Saginaw Eddy Concert Band.

Dr. Kandow holds degrees from Michigan State University and Central Michigan University and has studied under Kevin Sedatole, Ava Ordman, and Robert Lindahl. His primary areas of research deal with performance technique of quarter-tonal literature and the effective usage of leitmotif in video game soundtracks. As a result, Dr. Kandow recently returned from a six-month stay in Madrid, Spain where he researched the potential use of microtones by Baroque Barcelonan composer Francisco Valls. In his spare time, Dr. Kandow enjoys exploring the interactive story-telling medium of video games and applying his developing knowledge of both Spanish and programming languages to create an inclusive website accessible for non-binary English speakers seeking to learn basic Spanish grammar.

Artistic Director since the Pops Ensemble’s inception Spring 2020