Meet the Composer: Christen Taylor Holmes

Sweet Home Chicago will debut a commissioned piece by Christen. Here's more on the composer: Christen Taylor Holmes (b. 2000) born and raised in Southern Maryland is an emerging Composer…

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Meet the Composer: Evan Williams

Sweet Home Chicago will debut a commissioned piece by Evan. Here's more on the composer: Drawing from inspirations as diverse as Medieval chant to contemporary pop, the music of composer…

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Queen Swap

There's one rule in the world of RuPaul: when she calls, she trumps all. In our case, Priyanka, who was previously scheduled to emcee alongside Denali, received such a call.…

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Registration deadline!

Regular Registration for the 2022 Pride Bands Alliance Conference closes Monday, March 14th!  Complete your registration before Late Registration fees start. lgba2022.org/registration

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Blue Band Special Commissioned Piece
Evan Williams

Blue Band Special Commissioned Piece

The piece is called love words, and is inspired by Claude McKay’s poem, “Romance.” McKay was a writer of the Harlem Renaissance, a Jamaican immigrant to the US, a bisexual, and for a time, involved in socialist and communist movements. He spent his final years in Chicago.

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Music Announcement
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Music Announcement

Musical selections for symphonic bands and commissioned pieces are now finalized. Parts will be shared in March.

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Red Band Special Commissioned Piece
Christen Taylor Holmes

Red Band Special Commissioned Piece

The title derives from Chicago born trans activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy who participated in a wide range of activist causes throughout her lifetime, including the 1969 Stonewall Riots.

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Meet our Symphonic Band Conductors

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, Chicago’s premier LGBTQ music organization, is excited to present Sweet Home Chicago, a double-feature symphonic band performance at the historic Auditorium Theatre. The performance will include two world premieres of new works by composers Christen Taylor Holmes and Evan Williams. We are excited to announce our four symphonic band conductors:

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Big News!

Pride Bands Alliance 2022 Chicago is excited to announce our emcees for Sunday, May 29th's "Sweet Home Chicago" symphonic band concert.We have not one but TWO exciting hosts in store…

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