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.

Adam Sharma

Adam Sharma

#Euphonium
The band has been accommodating to me, even as I learn a new instrument. This band is truly accessible for all music abilities. Learn More
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
Bruce Sinor

Bruce Sinor

#French Horn
The most important thing I get out of being a member of the band is a higher quality of life that is not achievable without a consistent creative outlet. Learn More
Chris Hewes

Chris Hewes

#Glockenspiel #Oboe
When you join, you become part of a band family spanning decades and with members from all walks of life. Learn More
Chris Ochoa

Chris Ochoa

#Trumpet
I am so proud to be a part of an organization that is actively involved in promoting visibility and changing hearts and minds through musical performance. 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
David Malespin

David Malespin

#Trombone
My current favorite experiences with the band are the community concerts where we showcase our fine musicianship 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
Dee Spencer

Dee Spencer

#Clarinet
I finally got the courage to attend a rehearsal...and enjoyed every minute (except when my clarinet squeaked). 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
Guy Danus

Guy Danus

#Alto Saxophone
This group is amazing and I've made many great friends and played lots of fun and interesting music. 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
Jonathan Young

Jonathan Young

#French Horn
Being a member of the band has been a great way to find a community and make friends. 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
Kirk Read

Kirk Read

#Trumpet
This band connects me to a lineage of people using the arts to weave communities together. 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

#Piano #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
Nick Setnik

Nick Setnik

#Percussion #Tuba
It means so much to me to be part of this organization because we are a beacon of positivity. Learn More
Patti Upsavs

Patti Upsavs

#Percussion
What I ended up finding was not only a band; I found a band with a mission. Learn More
Pedro Acevedo

Pedro Acevedo

#Alto Saxophone #Tenor Saxophone
I joined the band because I wanted to keep music performance part of my adult life, but more importantly, I joined this organization because of its core mission of bridging divides and promoting understanding through music. Learn More
Philip Huff

Phillip Huff

#Alto Saxophone
Being in SFLGFB really made a positive difference in my life. The diversity of our membership, united by a shared passion for music, demonstrates the best qualities in each of us. Learn More
Ruth Keys

Ruth Keys

#Flute #Piccolo
How amazing to be able to share my passion for music while Playing with Pride for community and social justice! Learn More
Sally Canjura

Sally Canjura-Clayton

#Percussion
I was accepted into a family that helped me grow as a musician and as a person. Learn More
Satyugjit Virk

Satyugjit Virk

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

Shawn Case

#Alto Saxophone
Making music is one of the earliest, most enduring and most rewarding form of "social media" out there today. 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
Steve StJohn

Steve StJohn

#Percussion
I joined the band for many reasons: I wanted to perform, to make new friends, to have a healthy hobby, to socialize, to be part of something larger than myself, but primarily I needed to do something joyful just for 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
Taka Aoki

Taka Aoki

#Flute #Piccolo
I like how I can feel the impact of the music on other people and make connections between the crowd and band members. 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
Todd Pope

Todd Pope

#Flute
As a former high school band geek, I was thrilled to join a few years later and fill the band-shaped hole in my heart. Learn More
Vi Le

Vi Le

#Baritone Saxophone
Life pulled me away from playing music for a few years. I don't think I truly realized how big a loss that was until I found the SFLGFB. 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