ABOUT THE BAND

In 1979, ten years after the Stonewall riots, New York City’s gay band was born.

At the time it was only the third such band in the United States. The spark for this novel idea came at the same time as the First National March on Washington, D.C. As New Yorkers prepared for the rally, two gay musicians, Nancy Corporon and Bob Wolff, had a dream of their own, inspired by Jon Sims, a San Francisco musician credited with founding the gay band movement. With Jon’s help, Nancy and Bob were soon posting flyers all over Christopher Street asking musicians to get their instruments out of the closet and join the ranks of a very special new band. Only one year later, that band would become the first openly gay and lesbian musical organization to perform at Lincoln Center. 

Today, The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps is New York City’s premier symphonic and marching band. The symphonic band performs several concerts each year in venues ranging from Symphony Space to Carnegie Hall.

With over 100 musicians, color guard members, and Band Aides, The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps plans to go on lifting the hearts of audiences in concert halls and along parade routes for years to come.

Our mission is to provide the LGBTQ+ community and their allies with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality, and harmony for all. We welcome all individuals to join us and see how artistic dedication within a social environment can create quality entertainment that challenges, educates, and encourages growth.

THE MARCHING BAND

The band that Gothamist called “the ever-entertaining Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps” will be performing all over New York City and the Northeast! Whether you’re performing, supporting, or just can’t wait to see us, here’s where to find us in 2019!

The Color Guard are the “visual musicians” of the ensemble. Whether it’s with flags, props, or dance, we strive to add artistry and flair to the sounds of each season. Our members come from all backgrounds and all levels of experience.

2019 Performances [check back soon or follow us on social media for 2020 dates!]
  • January 23: Halftime Show at the Nets Pride Night
  • May 6: Second Stage 40th Anniversary Gala
  • May 18: New Hope Celebrates Pride
  • June 1: Princeton P-rade
  • June 2: Queens Pride
  • June 8: Capital Pride, Washington, DC
  • June 11: Museum Mile Festival
  • June 15: Rhode Island Pride, Providence, RI
  • June 22: Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  • June 28: Joint LGBA event
  • June 29: The Dyke March
  • June 30: Stonewall 50, World Pride, and the New York City Heritage of Pride March
  • July 4: Montclair 4th of July Parade
  • October 27: Washington Market Children’s Halloween Parade
  • October 31: Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
  • November 3: New York City Marathon
  • December 1: New Hope Christmas Parade
  • December 8: Holiday in Herald Square
2019 Indoor Rehearsals [check back soon or follow us on social media for 2020 dates!]

Held at St. Paul the Apostle’s Parish Center, Room 201-202; 405 W 59th Street, unless otherwise indicated

  • Reading Session: Thursday, February 7, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Town Hall/Rehearsal: Thursday, March 7, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Percussion Sectional: Thursday, March 14, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Woodwind Sectional: Thursday, March 21, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Brass Sectional: Thursday, March 28, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Full-Band Music Rehearsal: Thursday, April 4, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Marching Season Kickoff Party/Welcome Wagon: Thursday, April 18, 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Full-Band Music Rehearsal: Thursday, April 25, 7:00-10:00 PM
2019 Outdoor Rehearsals [check back soon or follow us on social media for 2020 dates!]

Held in Foley Square, Lower Manhattan

  • Thursday, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, 7:00-9:30 PM
2019 Color Guard Rehearsals [check back soon or follow us on social media for 2020 dates!]

Held at Ripley-Grier Studios, Manhattan, unless otherwise indicated

  • Thursday, February 22 – May 2, 7:00-9:00 PM

THE SYMPHONIC BAND

Let the sounds of the Lesbian & Gay Symphonic Band transport you. A group of over 120 musicians fills Symphony Space with the sounds of love and joy, and all are welcome to come relish the experience.

2020 Practices
  • Monday Jan. 6 (JREC)
  • Monday Jan. 13 (JREC & NYU Collaboration)
  • [Monday Jan. 20 (St. Paul’s Church) Woodwinds and Brass only]
  • Monday Jan. 27
  • Monday Feb. 3
  • Monday Feb. 10
  • Monday Feb. 17 (St. Paul’s Church – 405 West 59th Street) Woodwinds and Brass only
  • Saturday Feb. 22 (All-Day – 9:00am – 4:00pm – St. Paul’s Church) 
  • Monday Feb. 24
  • Monday Mar. 2
  • Monday Mar. 9
  • Monday Mar.16
  • Monday Mar. 23
  • Monday Mar. 30 (Dress Rehearsal @ JREC)
  • Saturday April 4 (Concert @ Symphony Space – Calltime 3pm, Concert 7pm)
2020 Performances
  • Saturday April 4 (Concert @ Symphony Space – Calltime 3pm, Concert 7pm)