The tagline “The Sound of Love and Joy” tells the story of The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps. Since its formation in 1979, this band of brothers and sisters has been making music and art for audiences across the United States and Canada.
The recipient of dozens of awards from NYC Heritage of Pride’s coveted Best in March Award to Rochester’s little-known but equally appreciated Ruby Slipper Award, the Big Apple Corps Marching Band has been seen by millions in such diverse appearances as a parade to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington’s Inauguration, a performance in a church basement in Brooklyn, concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s formerly-named Alice Tully Hall, and the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade.
The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band has shared the stage with such luminaries as Harvey Fierstein, Rita Moreno, Liz Smith, Arthur Laurents, Randy Graff, Edie Windsor, Liz Callaway, Stephen Schwartz, and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Not only has the band performed with the famous, it has performed for the famous: the Big Apple Corps’ music has been heard by three American presidents and by countless celebrities. A proud founding member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association, the Big Apple Corps has performed from coast-to-coast with the LGBA massed band, featuring the combined membership of 30 bands from around the world.
With a membership of over 150 musicians, color guard members, and Band Aides, The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps plans to go on lifting the hearts of audiences in concert halls and along parade routes for years to come.
Asst. Conductor, Fran Novak
Ciara Anna Bush
Ana Del Campo
Beth Ann Helminiak
P. Carlos Nevarez