Big Band

Adler Planetarium

The Big Band will have an opportunity to play at the beautiful and historic Adler Planetarium for our large reception. Adler Planetarium has interactive exhibits and high-tech sky shows to entertain stargazers, alongside some of the most impressive lakefront views in all of Chicago. Food and drink will be provided at this exciting reception, scheduled for the evening of Saturday, May 28th, 2022.

With gorgeous views of downtown and the lake you will get to enjoy the fun music of the Jazz Band, dance, food and drinks and a little bit of outer space. 

About 2.5 miles from the host hotel, buses will be provided to bring our Pride Bands Alliance family to/from the hotel to Adler. Gear will be hauled ahead of time for set up. 


Auditions for standard big band orchestration will accommodate between 20-25 performers, and will be made available via video submission. Lakeside Pride’s Jazz Program Artistic Director and his team will select members for the final performance.

Adler Planetarium
1300 S Lake Shore Dr,
Chicago, IL 60605


Big Band Artistic Leadership

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. Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director since Spring 2013.
Dr. Shawn Williams
Dr. Shawn Williams is a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and educator currently serving as Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado, Shawn thrived in the San Francisco Bay Area where he established himself as an educator and performer. Among the many intuitions he taught at, Shawn served as the adjunct jazz trumpet instructor at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. While in the Bay Area, Shawn performed with groups such as: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Foreverland, RAFA, the Bad Five, Dick Bright Orchestra and the Shawn Williams Quintet. Shawn has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Most recently, Shawn has performed with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the Colorado Jazz Orchestra. You can hear Shawn on many recent recordings, including: All in One (2018) featuring compositions by David Caffey, and Time Child (2019) featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and compositions by Erik Applegate. In 2019, Shawn was invited to join the United States Air Force Academy Band and Falconaires Jazz Ensemble as a manning assist on multiple tours in Colorado, Alabama, and Georgia. Shawn has gained nationwide attention through his involvement with the National Trumpet Competition, where he was a finalist in 2011, 2015 and 2016 and received third place in both 2015 and 2016. In 2012 and 2013, Shawn held the jazz trumpet chair in the Glenn Miller Orchestra of which he traveled to forty-seven states, Japan and Portugal. In January 2013, Shawn played on the orchestra’s latest record In the Mood. Additionally, Shawn has traveled to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands as a trumpeter for Royal Caribbean Cruises. Shawn holds a B.M in Jazz Studies from California State University, Northridge, an M.M in Jazz & Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music, and an M.A in Teaching from Santa Clara University. Shawn earned his Doctor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance/Composition from the University of Northern Colorado in December 2020. His doctoral dissertation Three in One: The Style, Structure, and Sound of Thad Jones as a Jazz Trumpeter, gives focus to the analysis of Thad Jones’ improvisation and composition style.

The Pride Bands Alliance Big Band provides a unique opportunity for experienced jazz players from around the country to come together and entertain a lively crowd! The shimmering skyline of Chicago provides a starry backdrop for an evening of cocktails and jazz at Adler Planetarium, as the band lights up the room with a program honoring the contributions of Chicago musicians to the jazz idiom.

The Pride Bands Alliance Big band is considered an honors ensemble, and interested musicians are invited to submit an audition video using this form. Note the ensemble will be set in fixed seating (one player per part) to maintain the traditional sound and format associated with big band music. Improvisors are welcome to sit in with jazz combo as well!

To Audition to play in the Big Band, first go to the Registration Page and Register for the conference and then come back and fill out this form.