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.
1300 S Lake Shore Dr,
Chicago, IL 60605
Big Band Artistic Leadership
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.