Press Releases

San Francisco Pride Band shows off banner with their new name

The Official Band of San Francisco Has a New Name

June 9, 2024
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is now the San Francisco Pride Band. We are updating our name to emphasize that we welcome all members of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies across the spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identity. This change also underscores our support for our trans and nonbinary members, which is particularly important now as politicians across the U.S. push transphobic agendas. Read more →
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San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents Dance-Along Nutcracker® 2023: The Nutmare Before Christmas

November 19, 2023
Each year, the Band blends Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker ballet with a new entertaining theme and storyline. The result is a fun-filled original musical production brimming with wit, artistry, and ingenuity. Part comedy musical, part dance-it-yourself ballet, and part symphonic concert, the Dance-Along Nutcracker features the holiday fun and tradition you’ve come to expect from this San Francisco favorite. Read more →
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Band Announces Roger Zare as First Recipient for Its BIPOC Commission Initiative

August 7, 2022
The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is proud to announce the selection of composer Roger Zare as the recipient of its inaugural BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color) Commission Program. Zare was chosen following a nationwide request for proposals, and his composition, 'Awakening', is set to debut in May 2023. Read more →
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Notes from the Peace Corps

March 13, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Doug Litwin, Director of Marketing 415-577-9151 doug.litwin@sfprideband.org ATTENTION CALENDAR & PSA EDITORS 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 Corp Read more →
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San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Launches Commission Program Targeting BIPOC Composers

September 1, 2021
Band launches its first BIPOC Commission Program to diversify wind Band repertoire, with a new composition set to premiere in May 2023. Read more →
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San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band Announces Nationwide Virtual Pride Concert

May 17, 2021
The San Francisco Lesbian Gay/Freedom Band is excited to announce Loud & Proud: A Celebration of Pride Bands from Coast to Coast! A first-of-its-kind virtual pride concert, Loud & Proud brings together thirteen LGBTQIA+ pride bands from across the country for a unique event in honor of pride season. Read more →
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The Official Band of San Francisco Rehearses for Spotlight on Broadway 2019

April 30, 2019
Join the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band for a fun-filled audience participation concert on May 18 in the elegant Empire Room at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square. Take your shower-time song-stylings renditions to the next level as we belt out some of Broadway's most beloved show tunes from throughout the decades! Artistic Director Pete Nowlen will lead the fun as the Band musically transports you to the bright lights of Broadway with tunes from many top productions! Read more →