1750 East Oakland Park Blvd.
, FL 33334
Web Address: http://www.pridewindensemble.org
The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble is a non-profit organization that was formed over 26 years ago. Our founders’ objective was to create a musical group for the gay and lesbian community in South Florida. Over the years our band has evolved to be so much more than a gay and lesbian band; it has become a diverse group inclusive of all walks of life. We are now more than 50 members strong and perform numerous concerts in South Florida and elsewhere in the United States.
Our performance season includes several concerts a year at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to these concert performances, our Marching Band and Jazz Band participates in Pride Festivities throughout Florida as well as supporting the South Florida community at special events like the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Grand Opening of the Oakland Park Performing Arts Center, City of Miami AIDS Walk, and Tri-County area Pride Events. The South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble is open to all musicians (18 and up).
Rehearsals are on Wednesdays, from 7-9:30 PM at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Oakland Park Blvd.
During 2011 our organization wanted to take on a very challenging endeavor with high school students suffering from bullying, and thus the “Youth Pride Band” was established. They performed the first concert to a sold out audience on February 12, 2012 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. This undertaking was inspired in part by Google’s “It Gets Better” project and “The Trevor Project”, both of which raise awareness about the problem bullying has become in our schools. Our objective was to demonstrate that no matter who our students are, whether gay, straight, or questioning, bullying is an unacceptable behavior. The Youth Pride Band initiative creates an environment where high school students from Florida’s Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach Counties can come together to create music without boundaries. In its first year, students had the opportunity to meet Gary Burton, a six time Grammy Award winner, who spoke about the importance of pursuing their dreams and how things don’t end after high school, they get better! The band also rehearsed and performed under guest clinician / conductor, David Shaffer; past Director of the Miami University Marching Band and with over 250 compositions / arrangements in print. It was a great inaugural year and there are more adventures yet to come!
LGBA (Lesbian and Gay Bands Association)