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A Tribute to Stonewall (50th Anniversary)
In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a riot followed a police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay club in Manhattan. A legacy of inequality and harassment against the LGBTQIA+ Community finally reached a tipping point as a wave of activism began to
sweep across the nation, giving birth to what would evolve to become Gay Pride celebrations.
The Tampa Bay Pride Band had its first-ever performance at the rebirth of the Tampa Pride festival in 2014. Born during the wave of acceptance and civil rights gains of the Obama Administration, the band grew rapidly, building upon its mission to support community outreach in addition to creating outstanding performance opportunities for
members. Taking inspiration from transgender activist Marcia P. Johnson, who is credited as being a leader of the Pride Movement, the Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds/Tampa Bay Pride Band will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this pivotal event with a program of classic band literature and original compositions themed around Pride, Equality, and Activism. Working in conjunction with the Lesbian Gay Band Association for it's 2019 International Conference in Orlando, the TBSW will take part in the world premiere of a new work by American Composer Julie Giroux honoring the victims of the Pulse Massacre of 2016, as well as the new work "A Mother of a Revolution" by rising young composer Omar Thomas.
In the ensuing five decades since the Stonewall Riots, Pride Celebrations and community activism have taken on equality injustices in America. While there have been many victories, the current world political climate highlights the importance of the
Tampa Bay Pride Band's mission "Empowered by Pride. United by Community. Inspired by Music."