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 interprets retro classics from the roaring ’20s, swinging ’30s, ’40s bebop, ’50s Sinatra, ’60s Bossa Nova, ’70s soul, ’80s fusion, ’90s rock, and ’00s pop. The band and its constellation of small ensembles perform regularly throughout Chicago at the Center on Halsted, local bars, Adler Planetarium, and in support of LGBT gala events and receptions. Release your inhibitions and come hang with the hippest cats around!
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
- Jazz Organ Trio – Hammond organ, guitar, drums
- Latin Band – a Latin-infused salsa band with traditional instruments and vocalists
- Strayhorns Jazz Combo – trumpet, saxophone, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and drums
- Trombone Choir – tenor and bass trombones
- 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