Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA) is a musical organization comprised of concert and marching bands from cities across the United States and the world. Formed in 1982 as Lesbian and Gay Bands of America when seven independent bands met formally in Chicago, the Association has grown to 38 member organizations including international bands.
LGBA remains dedicated to its original goals of providing a network of lesbian and gay bands at all stages of development, promoting music as a medium of communication among people, improving the quality of artistic and organizational aspects of member bands, and stimulating public interest in the unique art form of community band music in our culture.
Lesbian and Gay Band Association meets annually in different cities to plan events, encourage the formation of new bands, and share the gift of music with gay and non-gay audiences. Seminars on topics such as musicianship, programming, and organizational skills are held in addition to general business and committee meetings.
Great performances are the most visible manifestation of the lesbian and gay band movement. Member bands across the country appear in hundreds of concerts, parades, and community events every year. Member bands in geographic proximity often perform together, and a typical marching schedule will include Pride Parades in several different cities.
Band music was the first true love that brought us together. By uniting men and women who share this love, bands help create and enhance the “community” their members call home. Through musical performance, LGBA bands make a powerful political statement in a non-political way.
Whether marching or playing a concert, we proudly proclaim “We Are Who We Are.” LGBA bands are sources of pride within their cities, as well as positive symbols of the same communities.
Making music creates a family where affection means more than affectional preference. By “banding together,” LGBA shows that people of different sexes, ages, creeds, races, and challenges can build a strong community.