Take the Stage

We are excited to announce our second annual Take the Stage Gala on Saturday, March 7, 2020, on the enclosed-for-our-event stage at the stunning Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park! Your sponsorship will help provide the financial resources needed to fully equip and transport our ensembles that perform for over one million people annually. Lakeside Pride has transformed into more than a music organization. We are ready to take the next step in serving our community and spreading our message.
About Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles has been at the heart of the local LGBTQ community since the very first Chicago Pride Parade in 1997, and has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious LGBTQ bands in the country. Our mission is to use the universal language of music to spread a message of love and acceptance. Following four years of unprecedented growth and recognition, now is the time for us to expand our reach as we—quite literally—sound the trumpet and help lead the charge toward social justice in Chicago and across the country.

Will you help us lead the sound of progress?

What we’ll achieve with your sponsorship
  • Grow our existing capacity to provide safe, creative spaces for LGBTQ musicians
  • Expand to new and underserved neighborhoods, reaching wider and more diverse audiences
  • Reach more than 1.5 million people with our message of love and acceptance next year
  • Raise $35,000 to go directly to equipment maintenance and transportation
“We will always be there to lead the joyous celebrations for our community’s wins, like marriage equality and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. But we also know that many of our friends and neighbors are still suffering, still scared to be their true selves, and still facing injustice. We are here so all our voices can be heard.”
Melissa Terrell, Chair of Lakeside Pride