“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” – Justice Kennedy

– Many Arts, One Heart –

 Our mission is to provide the lesbian and gay community with a supportive and friendly environment for musical and artistic expression and, through performance, to promote social acceptance, equality, and harmony for all. We welcome interested individuals of all orientations to come see for themselves how artistic dedication within a social environment can create quality entertainment that pleases, educates, and challenges us to grow.


Kelly Watkins joined The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band as Artistic Director and Conductor in 2013. Outside of the LGBAC, she is a trumpet player in the United States Coast Guard Band. Read more.

Kelly Watkins, Symphonic Band Artistic Director & Conductor


Marita Begley, the Artistic Director of The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Marching Band, was born in love with all things band. She joined the LGBAC in 1982 and has served as artistic director since 2004. Read more.

Marita Begley, Marching Band Artistic Director & Drum Major


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