Our Story

Serving as a community band in Houston's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, the Houston Pride Band has several groups that perform at community events throughout the year as well as concerts and parades. We also provide a fun social experience for musicians.

The Houston Pride Band has a proud history spanning three decades. Originally known as the Montrose Marching Band, the organization was formed by a small group of musicians in 1978 as a way to make new friends and to provide entertainment for Houston's gay and lesbian community. Click here for an in-depth article on the band's history.

The Houston Pride Band is a member of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), a national musical organization made up of over twenty-five bands across the nation and around the world. With LGBA, members of the Houston Pride Band have been able to participate at every Gay Games, several Presidential Inaugurations, and conferences throughout the world.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Houston Pride Band is:

  1. To advocate for the GLBT community by promoting knowledge and understanding through music.
  2. To provide opportunities for high caliber musical performances for the GLBT community and beyond.
  3. To provide a welcoming and comfortable musical outlet for GLBT and GLBT-friendly wind, brass and percussion players.
  4. To support and raise awareness for causes which are important to the GLBT community.

The Houston Pride Band is open to all brass, woodwind, and percussion players. We welcome musicians of all skill levels.


The band rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Bethel UCC, 1107 Shepherd Drive (near Washington). Also, after rehearsal we almost always go out for a bite to eat or maybe just a margarita!