Serving as a community band in Houston's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, the Houston Pride Band has several groups that perform at community events throughout the year as well as concerts and parades. We also provide a fun social experience for musicians.
The Houston Pride Band has a proud history spanning three decades. Originally known as the Montrose Marching Band, the organization was formed by a small group of musicians in 1978 as a way to make new friends and to provide entertainment for Houston's gay and lesbian community. Click here for an in-depth article on the band's history.
The Houston Pride Band is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), a national musical organization made up of over twenty-five bands across the nation and around the world. With LGBA, members of the Houston Pride Band have been able to participate at every Gay Games, several Presidential Inaugurations, and conferences throughout the world.
The mission of the Houston Pride Band is:
- To provide a welcoming, comfortable and safe musical outlet for LGBT and allied musicians to participate in a community band setting.
- To encourage interest in public and private music education through concerts and events that uplift and inspire musical interest in people of all ages.
- To use musical performances to support local community organizations and events.
- To host and participate in local, state, national, and international conferences that foster the continuing participation of all individuals in community musical programs.
The Houston Pride Band is open to all brass, woodwind, and percussion players. We welcome musicians of all skill levels.
The band rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Bert F. Winston Band & Performance Complex at the University of Houston, 3780 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004. Also, after rehearsal we almost always go out for a bite to eat or maybe just a margarita!