Central Florida Gay Band to Perform at President Obama’s Inauguration
Seven members of the Central Florida Sounds of Freedom (CFSF), a marching band made up of LGBTs and allies, will perform at the Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. Five color guard members and two who play instruments will march as part of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association (LGBA), a musical organization comprising marching and concert bands from across the United States and around the world.
The LGBA was selected from more than 2,800 bands to perform and is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group in history to be invited to march in a Presidential Inaugural Parade. Their first appearance in the Parade was in 2009.
“For the 25-minute, 1.6-mile parade, the LGBA band will perform a total of four pieces, each of which speaks to a different aspect of Americans’ hope and pride during this historic inauguration. Music selections will include Tonight from “West Side Story”, Give Me Everything (Tonight) popularized by Latino American rapper Pitbull, Battle Hymn of the Republic/Simple Gifts and Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga,” said LGBA Artistic Director Marita Begley in a media release.
The 215-piece LGBA band will be made up of members of bands, orchestras, and cheer squads from 27 states. The LGBA was founded in 1982.
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