Come to our spring fundraiser: You Don't Know Jack!


ImageJoin members of the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps for our spring fundraiser:
You Don't Know Jack!
The evening of fun and friends features performances by our own Jack Parton.

Saturday, May 10
R Bar
218 Bowery in Manhattan
Doors open at 7:00 pm.


Feel This Moment: our 2014 Marching Season!

It may seem like summer may never arrive, but the LGBAC Marching Band knows better. We are proud that we will perform at an unprecedented 18 parades and events this year, marching to our 2014 theme: Feel This Moment.

Come see us at one of these events:

*Participation in this event is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Big Apple Corps’ “Coloring Outside the Lines” Shines Spotlight on GLBT American Composers

Our spring 2014 concert received raves from [q]

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps (LGBAC), our community’s symphonic band, welcomed spring with a delightful concert, billed as “Coloring Outside the Lines,” at Peter Norton Symphony Space on March 28, principally under the baton of Artistic Director Kelly Watkins, and the focus was on works, familiar and rare, by GLBT American composers.

Read the entire review.

Welcoming New Director Kelly Watkins, LGBAC Celebrates Yuletide--& Friday the 13th!

Artistic Director Kelly Watkins & the Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps

Photo by Bruce-Michael Gelbert

From [Q]onStage, a great notice for our December 2013 concert:

The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps (LGBAC), our community’s band, offered a most unusual holiday celebration, mid-December at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space, hailing not only Yuletide, but also Friday the 13th. The concert marked the debut of LGBAC’s new Artistic Director, direct from the United States Coast Guard, Kelly Watkins. Sirius XM’s Keith Price served as the evening’s amusing host.

Read the full review online.

LGBAC Welcomes New Artistic Director

Texas native Kelly Watkins is thrilled to begin her tenure as the LGBAC’s Symphonic Band Artistic Director in 2013. For more than a decade she has been steadfastly immersed in the rich sonorities of the wind band realm and her profound musical experiences from the podium are due in great part to her study with Dr. Mallory Thompson, H. Robert Reynolds, Frank Battisti and Dr. James Patrick Miller.

A professional trumpet player by day, Kelly has served as a member of the United States Coast Guard Band since 2003. Additionally, she is a member of the USCG Brass Quintet and has performed with the New England Brass Band (Boston) as both cornet and flugelhorn soloist. In 2009 and 2012, Kelly was awarded first prize in the North American Brass Band Association Adult High Brass Slow Melody Solo Competition and in 2003 was awarded the Grand Prize at the International Women’s Brass Conference Solo Competition. Additionally, she has been a prizewinner in the 2001 and 2002 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competitions and in the 2002 National Trumpet Competition.

Kelly received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from Northwestern State University in Louisiana and a Master of Music in trumpet performance from Illinois State University, as well as having pursued additional studies in Arts Administration at Boston University. She is an active member of the International Women’s Brass Conference currently serving on the Board of Directors, and has previously served as President and as the Executive Director.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her partner Amanda at their home in Connecticut, baking and volunteering in her community as a CT State Emergency Medical Technician.

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