The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Inc.
The tagline "Many Arts, One Heart" 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 Manhattan 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 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, and the New York City Gay Men¹s Chorus. But not only has the band performed with the famous, it has performed for the famous: The Big Apple Corps¹ music has been heard by two American presidents and by countless celebrities along many parade-route miles. A proud founding member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), the Big Apple Corps has performed from coast-to-coast with the LGBA massed band, featuring the combined membership of 24 bands from the United States, Canada, and Australia.
With a membership of over 100 musicians, dancers, color guard members, and Band-Aides, the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps is in its 31st season. The pride of New York City, the band plans to go on lifting the hearts of audiences in concert halls and along parade routes for years to come.
Our mission is to provide the lesbian and gay community with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality and harmony for all. We welcome interested individuals of all orientations to come see for themselves how artistic dedication within a social environment can create quality entertainment that pleases, educates and challenges us to grow.