Picture it: San Antonio, Texas. Spring, 2013. A group of musicians got together with a vision to organize a band for San Antonio’s Pride Parade in 2014. The word spread like wildfire, and those crazy kids welcomed musicians who wanted to perform. Schedules were adjusted and few weeks later the Pride of San Antonio Showband was marching down Main Street one year ahead of schedule!
Within a few weeks, the newly formed Showband was invited to perform in Austin’s Pride Parade. The day after the parade in the Capital, the band received a warm welcome and an invitation from the Oak Lawn Band in Dallas to join them in their Pride celebration. Literally an hour later, the President of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association in Washington D.C. contacted the Showband and extended an invitation to become a member of their organization. Our membership in the LGBA became a reality on October 12, 2013. The LGBA has member bands in cities all across the US, Canada, the UK and Australia. What an honor for a band still in its infancy!
In the three years since our inaugural event, we continue to grow, learn and play music together. The Pride of San Antonio performs regularly throughout the year all over San Antonio and the region. If you’ve gotten this far, maybe you’re interested in becoming a part of Pride of San Antonio Showband; don’t let your instrument stay in the closet—come play with us!