Youth Marching Band

Sign up to be part of the Annual Pride Youth Marching Band!

Creating a safe environment for our LGBTQ youth to thrive is part of the ever-critical work of our movement. The Youth Pride Marching Band is a volunteer program designed to foster character development and leadership in LGBTQ-identified youth who wish to participate in the parade by sharing their musical talents in a culturally supportive community. Join the hype on Facebook. Registration for the 2017 Youth Marching Band is now open. Sign up below!

A large, spirited, volunteer musical entertainment ensemble of San Diego County youth to march in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade on July 16, 2016. This band and colorguard will perform upbeat music in a way that represents quality and fun! The band will also be performing at the GSA awards banquet on May 13th.


  • Anyone currently enrolled in a school/college band class AND who has completed at least the ninth grade.
  • Band or Colorguard
  • Any sexual orientation or gender identity — we love our LGBTQ supporters!
  • Directed by members of BGBODA (Big Gay Band and Orchestra Directors Association—local band directors you probably have heard of).


  • The satisfaction of supporting and entertaining our San Diego LGBTQ Community!
  • You get a free SD Pride Youth Marching Band T-Shirt!
  • You get a Free Pass for both days to the SD Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park (transportation not provided).
  • Meet new friends from throughout San Diego County.


  • Register now for more information, and stay tuned for updates in the future!


  • T-Shirt provided.
  • You provide for yourself and wear:  khaki shorts and black sneakers or marching shoes.
  • Hair, hats and/or make-up: be creative!


  • Participants will need to provide their own instruments—be sure to coordinate with your music teacher before the school semester ends.
  • A limited amount of percussion and sousaphones will be available—please contact the band instrument manager to coordinate this.


  • Flags and poles will be provided.
  • Same uniform as the band.

Other ways to be involved

Youth Marching Band Rehearsal Dates and Times TBD for 2017

Questions? Contact Youth Marching Band Coordinator Russ Sperling at [email protected].