Our members are as diverse as the San Francisco Bay Area. Read their stories below and learn why they’ve chosen to be part of this historic musical organization.

Andrea Nguyen

Andrea Nguyen

#Archivist
I joined the Board because I strongly support the Band's mission to nurture the joy of music in the San Francisco-Bay Area community and to be an utterly inclusive forum. Learn More
Arturo Otamendi

Arturo Otamendi

#Trombone
I joined the band because I wanted to return to playing the trombone after a several year hiatus and I wanted to do this with a group that was welcoming, open, and diverse. Learn More
Brian Trimboli

Brian Trimboli

#Euphonium
I love that being in the band makes me feel like a part of San Francisco’s continuing LGBT history. Learn More
Corbin Skerrit

Corbin Skerrit

#Bass Trombone
I love taking a moment throughout my week to escape into music and it's even better given the values, contribution to community and acceptance the band represents. Learn More
Dean Caudill

Dean Caudill

#Alto Saxophone
I joined the SFLGFB as an opportunity for me to continue expressing my passion for music and to have the distinguished honor of being an ally of the LGBT community. Learn More
Donella Olsen

Donella Olsen

#Clarinet
I joined the Band after seeing them in the Santa Cruz Pride Parade. I was so impressed that these people came together to march a parade for a small community. Learn More
Doug Litwin

Doug Litwin

#Clarinet
A group like the SFLGFB breaks down barriers between LGBT and non-LGBT communities through music and performance. Learn More
Gary Cozzi

Gary Cozzi

#Percussion
I told myself, 'If I ever live in the city, I’m going to try and join!' I eventually moved to San Francisco and after a few years, joined the SFLGFB! Learn More
Ginnie Padgett

Ginnie Padgett

#Trumpet
I am thrilled to once again have the joy of making music with like-minded musicians and spread the Band's mission throughout the Bay Area. Learn More
Joel Shapiro

Joel Shapiro

#Treasurer
The Band caught my eye when I was first transferred to San Francisco in the early 1990s and I enjoyed following it during those years. Learn More
Julie Williamson

Julie Williamson

#Flute #Piccolo
My journey with the Band has been, quite literally, life changing. I have met so many wonderful people that I now consider family. My skills as a player continue to grow, and I love traveling with the band to play in new venues and new cities. Learn More
Kathy Hennig

Kathy Hennig

#Clarinet #Tenor Saxophone
I began my relationship with the gay band movement serving as a Board Member during the early days of LGBA starting back in 1982. Learn More
Keith Sklower

Keith Sklower

#Oboe
I see the Band as my way to make a political statement through music. Learn More
Larry Hetrick

Larry Hetrick

#Trumpet
The band has brought more meaning to my life and more loving relationships. The SFLGFB has become a big extended family for me. Learn More
Linda Werner

Linda Werner

#Percussion
I joined the Band in 1979 and my first gig was a 6 a.m. Easter Service at Glide Memorial Church (what an intro)! Learn More
Meredith Gadoury

Meredith Gadoury

#Clarinet
Being part of SFLGFB is meaningful to me because it is a great way to connect with people from different backgrounds. Learn More
Mike Mehr

Mike Mehr

#Tuba
I have had so many opportunities with the Band that I would never have had otherwise. Learn More
Moira Wilmes

Moira Wilmes

#Bass Clarinet #Tenor Saxophone
I joined the band as soon as I could after moving to San Francisco so I could march and also meet like-minded people. Learn More
Satyugjit Virk

Satyugjit Virk

#Alto Saxophone #Soprano Saxophone
It brings people together within and outside the band. Learn More
Stephanie Richardson

Stephanie Richardson

#Trombone
I cry happy tears whenever I think of how much joy and support this band has given me! Learn More
Sue Leonardi

Sue Leonardi

#Trumpet
When I attended my first rehearsal I felt so accepted and supported as a person and musician - instant family! Learn More
Terri Gaydon

Terri Gaydon

#Flute
I was so incredibly full of joy for performing in a group again, that I pretty much cried the whole way through the concert. Learn More
Wes Kashiwagi

Wes Kashiwagi

#Alto Saxophone #Tenor Saxophone
"One reason I play with the Band is to promote gay Asian visibility. It’s important to me that gay Asians see someone that looks like them, and part of that is marching in globally-televised events like the Chinese New Year Parade. Learn More