Notes from the Peace Corps


Doug Litwin, Director of Marketing


3:00 pm PDT, Saturday, March 19, 2022

In a time of global conflict, the quest for peace in 2022 is stronger than ever. That is one of the primary motivations behind a first-ever partnership between the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band and the Northern California Peace Corps Association. This collaboration will take the form of a concert called “Notes from the Peace Corps” and will highlight the Peace Corps mission and experience, and regions of the world where they have made a difference.

Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 3pm PDT
Place: Knuth Music Hall, in the Creative Arts Building at San Francisco State University
19th Avenue at Holloway, San Francisco
Tickets: Reserve FREE tickets at

To honor the mission of the Peace Corps, the “Official Band of San Francisco” will be led by Artistic Director Pete Nowlen. Said Nowlen “Bringing attention to the work of the Northern California Peace Corps Association through music is a privilege in this time when supporting peace is so vital. Sharing musical selections reflecting the cultures of areas the Peace Corps has impacted while linking them with stories from Peace Corps volunteers from those areas promises to create a fascinating event.”

The President of the Band, Brandon Moss, echoed Pete Nowlen’s comments: “The San Francisco/Lesbian Gay Freedom Band is honored to join the with the Northern California Peace Corps Association to highlight the important mission of the Peace Corps across the globe. Originally scheduled for March 2020, we are excited to finally have the opportunity to feature dynamic music from around the world in support of the continuing mission of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from across Northern California.”

Featured musical selections by composers from countries where the Peace Corps has served include:

  • In the Steppes of Central Asia, by Borodin
  • Lesotho Variations, by Carr
  • Persian Dance No. 2, by Molookpour
  • Danza Final (Malambo), by Ginastera
  • Hands Across The Sea, by Sousa
  • Peruvian Fanfare No. 1, by Gervasoni
  • Canton Folk Song Suite, arranged by Loh
  • and more!


Through music, Northern California Peace Corps Association and the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band are working hand-in-hand to promote a better understanding of cultures across the globe. In 2022, it’s clear that the need for the healing power of global music is greater than ever.

“Notes From the Peace Corps” is performed at 3pm, Saturday, March 19 at Knuth Music Hall on the campus of San Francisco State University. Admission to the concert is free but online registration is required. Directions, transit & parking information, and applicable Health and Safety protocols may be found at:

This is the first installment of the 2022 Community Concert Series of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the first openly LGBTQ+ music organization in the world and the Official Band of the City of San Francisco. Contact information: 584 Castro Street, PMB 841, San Francisco, CA 94114; 415-255-1355; The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band is sponsored in part by a grant from the Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

What the critics say about this band:
“The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band absolutely sparkled.” – San Francisco Bay Times
“What makes the band special is it’s a community band with an extraordinary extra-musical mission.” – Frontiers Magazine
“The band was superb.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“(The Band produces) one of this city’s most delightfully idiosyncratic events.” – Wall Street Journal

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