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Pride of Indy Band and Color Guard

The Pride of Indy Band and Color Guard is a performing musical ensemble in Indianapolis of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other LGBT-friendly musicians. Founded in March 2005, The Pride of Indy Band and Color Guard is currently the only LGBT instrumental and pageantry ensemble in Indiana. The organization conducts its activities in a supportive, accepting and affirming atmosphere.


Since the band's beginnings, the band has grown to include a performing membership of 50 musicians, which includes a marching band, pep band, a concert band, a brass ensemble a woodwind ensemble and a Jazz Band. The group has a yearly performance calendar filled with over 20 concerts and special appearances at community events locally and in cities outside of Indiana. The current director is Eric Knechtges, a composer and doctoral student at Indiana University (Bloomington) in the Jacobs School of Music.

Pride of Indy Band and Color Guard (PI) Notable Milestones

March 24, 2005 - First IN Pride 2005 Parade Committee meeting. LGBA shows interest in bringing a massed band to Indy for the Pride Parade.

March 31, 2005 - LGBA Indy host coordinators (Stephen McCoy, Shelly Snider, and Bree Snyder) meet and decide on rehearsal dates and location of the first band reherasal for Indy area musicians.

May 12, 2005 - First rehearsal for the area musicians. The "Pride of Indy Band and Color Guard" (PI) is adopted as the name of the organization.

June 10, 2005 - The massed band rehearses, includes musicicans from LGBA bands in other parts of the United States.

June 11, 2005 - The LGBA massed band marches in the IN Pride Parade and performs at the IN Pride 2005 Festival.

June 21, 2005 - PI holds first regular rehearsal.

November 5, 2005 - PI accepted as a "Band in Formation" with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA).

November 22, 2005 - The Pride of Indy Woodwind Ensemble has their first performance at the Indy Pride, Inc. Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 28, 2005 - PI governance established.

December 20, 2005 - PI conducts its first Holiday Concert at Broadway United Methodist Church.

January 10, 2006 - PI receives an invitation to perform at "Spotlight," an annual featuring a cross section of the Indy arts scene, produced as an HIV/AIDS fundraising event benefiting the Indiana AIDS Fund. PI announces it will performance with vocalist Brenda Williams (local artist) for the 3,500+ people that will attend the event.

February 13, 2006 - PI announces its 2006 Performance Schedule, including six concerts and several performances at special events in the area.

February 19, 2006 - PI Board of Directors conducts first strategic planning meeting.

March 12, 2006 - PI presents its first Spring Concert.

June 6, 2006 - PI holds its first Anniversary Concert at Garfield Park in Indianapolis as a part of Pride Week.

July 16, 2006 - PI is accepted as a full member band of LGBA at the annual Assembly of Delegates Meeting in Chicago.

December, 2006 - PI's audience at annual Holiday Concert reaches 200. PI announces new director, Eric Knechtges. Jazz Ensemble makes their impressive debut. 2007 Performance Schedule is released.

January, 2007 - PI accepts invitation to perform in Indy Parks concert series, two performances in June and July 2007.

June, 2007 - PI holds its second Anniversary Concert on the lawn at the Old Firehouse Museum on Mass Avenue.

July, 2007 - PI's concert band participates in the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens Summer Concert Series.

August, 2007 - PI's jazz ensemble also participates in the Garfield Park series.

The ensemble is an artistic and educational division of Indy Pride and is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association. Pride of Indy Website

Pride of Indy Ensembles

Pride of Indy Concert Band

Pride of Indy Marching Band

Pride of Indy Pep Band

Pride of Indy Color Guard

Pride of Indy Jazz

Pride of Indy Woodwind Ensemble

Pride of Indy Brass Ensemble

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